National Football League suspends Rob Gronkowski 1 game

National Football League suspends Rob Gronkowski 1 game

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski received a one-game suspension from the National Football League on Monday following his late hit on Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White.

Asked if he was concerned about potential additional discipline for Gronkowski, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said, "I didn't really see what happened on the whole play".

ESPN's Adam Schefter said Gronkowski will appeal the suspension. While White was laying face-down on the ground, Gronkowski (who was the intended receiver on the play) dove into White from behind and hit him in the head with his shoulder. "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". White was treated in the concussion protocol after the game.

Even with the suspension, Gronkowski shouldn't have much trouble reaching the second tier, as he needs a total of just 15 catches or 151 receiving yards over the New England's final three games to do so. He's on his way to a fourth 1,000-yard season, with 849 through 11 contests.

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"I'm not in the business of that", he told reporters after the game, which New England won 23-3.

"I don't believe in shots like that", Gronkowski said. "It was a lot of frustration and I was just really frustrated at that moment".

Gronkowski opened his press conference by apologizing for his action, noting that he can't let frustration get the best of his emotions. Gronkowski was called for unnecessary roughness, but not kicked out of the game.

In the third quarter, Gronkowski was flagged for pass interference on a play with minimal contact. It was unclear what McDermott said to Belichick to elicit that response from the Patriots coach. "There was a couple of times in the game they're calling me for the craziest stuff ever. But, just through the frustration process, game of football emotions, just what happened". And then they don't call that (on White).

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