Gronk sus­pended for late hit

Tight end sus­pended one game for late hit on White

Woonsocket Call - - Front Page - By JIMMY GOLEN

Pa­tri­ots tight end will miss time for shot on Bills player

The NFL sus­pended New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots tight end Rob Gronkowski one game on Mon­day for a late, gra­tu­itous hit to the head of Bills de­fen­sive back Tre'Davi­ous White.

White was ly­ing face down on the side­line af­ter in­ter­cept­ing a pass in Buf­falo on Sun­day when Gronkowski body-slammed him, driv­ing his fore­arm into White's back and head. Gronkowski was called for un­nec­es­sary rough­ness, but not kicked out of the game.

“Your ac­tions were not in­ci­den­tal, could have been avoid- ed and placed the op­pos­ing player at risk of se­ri­ous in­jury,” NFL vice pres­i­dent Jon Run­yan said in a let­ter to Gronkowski. “The competition com­mit­tee has clearly ex­pressed its goal of 'elim­i­nat­ing fla­grant hits that have no place in our game.' Those hits in­clude the play you were in­volved in yes­ter­day.”

Gronkowski will ap­peal the pun­ish­ment, his agent, Drew Rosen­haus, told The As­so­ci­ated Press. White en­tered the con­cus­sion pro­to­col, Bills coach Sean Mc­Der­mott said.

Af­ter the game, Pa­tri­ots coach Bill Belichick ap­peared to apol­o­gize to his Buf­falo coun­ter­part. Gronkowski also apol­o­gized, say­ing he let his frus­tra­tion get the bet­ter of him.

“I'm not in the busi­ness of that,” he told re­porters af­ter the game, which New Eng­land won 23-3. “There was a lot of frus­tra­tion. I just want to apol­o­gize to Tre'Davi­ous White. I don't be­lieve in tak­ing shots like that.”

Bar­ring a suc­cess­ful ap­peal, Gronkowski will miss Mon­day's game against Mi­ami.

Gronkowski has been one of the most pro­duc­tive tight ends in NFL an­nals de­spite an in­jury his­tory that has al­lowed him to play all 16 games just twice in his first seven sea­sons.

File photo by Louri­ann Mardo-Zayat / lmzart­works.com

Un­less his ap­peal works, Pa­tri­ots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) will miss Mon­day’s game against Mi­ami af­ter he was sus­pended a game for a hit on Buf­falo’s Tre’Davi­ous White Sun­day.

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