Gronk suspended for late hit
Tight end suspended one game for late hit on White
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.
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.