National Football League suspends Rob Gronkowski 1 game for late hit to head

Frederick Owens
December 5, 2017

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski could be suspended for next Monday night's visit to Miami because of a hit on Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White, which left White in concussion protocol.

"I definitely want to apologize to number 27", he said, referring to White. "It was a lot of frustration and I was just really frustrated at that moment and it just happened naturally through emotions and frustration". On the play that resulted in the interception, he felt he was pushed and held.

The one-game suspension will cost Gronkowski more than $250,000, his per game check plus roster bonus.

In his postgame comments, Gronkowski apologized to White, but blamed his actions over frustration with officials both during the game and over the course of his career. "It was just frustration, and that's what happened". "I just don't understand why there wasn't a flag". "There was a couple of times in the game they're calling me for the craziest stuff ever".

With White on the ground, Gronkowski threw himself at White, appearing to injure him with a late hit.

Gronkowski led Patriots receivers with nine catches for 147 yards. And it's insane, like, what am I supposed to do? And then they don't call that [on White].

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Bills safety Micah Hyde was upset by the play.

The teams meet again in three weeks in Foxboro. When someone on Twitter questioned his reasoning, McGinest responded: "I base my opinions off watching all the National Football League games and evaluating similar scenarios like the A.j Green/Ramsey fight which was".

"I'm sure the league office is going to have something to say about it", guard Richie Incognito said. If a ban is announced today, it would allow Gronkowski time to have a potential appeal heard before the Patriots get too far into practice for next week's game. "It is not something that we have any control over".

The flag against Gronkowski was one of four penalties on the play.

Gronkowski was penalized for unnecessary roughness and apologized.

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