Patriots' Rob Gronkowski Suspended for Dirty Hit on Bills Player
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FOXBOROUGH — Patriots Tight end Rob Grownkowski has been suspended for one game as a result of a late hit to the head of Buffalo defensive back, Tre'Davious White during Sunday's game.
The NFL released a statement about the suspension Monday afternoon saying Gronkowski violated the league's unnecessary roughness rules.
While was lying face down on the sideline after intercepting a pass when Gronkowski body-slammed him, driving his forearm into White's back and head. Gronkowski was called for unnecessary roughness, but because of retaliation from the Bills there was no penalty assessed.
After the game, which New England won 23-3, Patriots coach Bill Belichick appeared to apologize to Bills counterpart Sean McDermott. Gronkowski also apologized, saying he let his frustration get the better of him.
In a letter NFL Vice President of Football Operations, Jon Runyan wrote to Gronkowski, "Your actions were not incidental, could have been avoided and placed the opposing player at risk of serious injury."
ESPN is reporting Gronkowski will appeal the suspension.
New England plays Miami next Monday night.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.