Rob Gronkowski suspended one game

Posted December 05, 2017

In the final moments of the Buffalo Bills' 23-3 loss to the New England Patriots, Tre'Davious White intercepted Tom Brady on a pass intended for tight end Rob Gronkowski.

As for what's ahead, the Patriots travel to South Florida to face the Miami Dolphins on ESPN's Monday Night Football in Week 14, before a highly anticipated December 17 road game against the Steelers.

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". Gronkowski was penalized for unnecessary roughness and many called the play "dirty, " but he was not ejected.

"Your actions were not incidental, could have been avoided and placed the opposing player at risk of serious injury", Jon Runyan, the NFL's vice president of football operations, said in a letter to the two-time Super Bowl champion on Monday. "The Competition Committee has clearly expressed its goal of 'eliminating flagrant hits that have no place in our game.' Those hits involve the play you were involved in yesterday".

After White went down on the sideline, Gronk, upset at the contact from White, decided it was a good idea to take a cheap shot on the Bills' rookie and dive at the back of his head while on the ground.

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Drawing one back, the home side went looking for more and managed a second after 84 minutes. If I go back then I'll be a better player.

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. His appeal not going through will ensure he misses at least two games in a season for the fourth time in his eight-year career.

WROC-TV in Buffalo caught Belichick and Bills coach Sean McDermott's interaction on the field immediately after the game. He's on his way to a fourth 1,000-yard season, with 849 through 11 contests.

"First of all, I definitely want to apologize to number 27", said Gronkowski. "I don't really believe in the type of shots like that".

Regardless, McDermott said he was "not happy" about the play.

Gronkowski will be eligible to return to the Patriots' active roster on Tuesday, Dec. 12 after the Dolphins game.