Tuesday, December 05, 2017 1:00 am
Gronkowski suspended 1 game for hit
The NFL suspended New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski one game 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.
Gronkowski will appeal the punishment, his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told The Associated Press. White entered the concussion protocol, Bills coach Sean McDermott said.
Barring a successful appeal, Gronkowski will miss New England's game against Miami on Monday night.
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