New England Patriots and former Arizona tight end Rob Gronkowski was suspended by the NFL Monday for next week's game against the Dolphins following a late hit against the Buffalo Bills.
During the fourth quarter in New England's 23-3 win on Sunday, Bills defensive back Tre'Davious White jumped up to intercept Tom Brady, but got tangled up with Gronkowski in the process.
After White secured the interception and the play ended, he lied on his stomach and was in the process of standing up. A "frustrated" Gronkowski body slammed his forearm into the back of White's helmet.
Rob Gronkowski has been suspended 1 game for this late hit on Tre’Davious White pic.twitter.com/yhbdfJsYvq— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) December 4, 2017
Gronkowski was penalized for unnecessary roughness, but was not ejected from the game.
During the postgame hand shake between Patriots head coach Bill Belichick apologized to Bills head coach Sean McDermott for Gronkowski's hit on White.
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Bill Belichick apologizes to Sean McDermott for the Gronk hit that gave Tre' White a concussion. Called it bull%^&*. pic.twitter.com/qfkBB9bgid— Prescott Rossi (@PrescottRossi) December 3, 2017
Gronkowski apologized Sunday in the locker room following the late hit.
Here's #Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski @RobGronkowski after the game and his apology to @TreWhite16."I'm not in the business of that. It was just a lot of frustration. I was just really frustrated at that moment. Just want to apologize to Tre'Davious White." pic.twitter.com/NLQkrwm2DB— Raul Martinez (@RaulNBCBoston) December 3, 2017
This is the first career suspension for Gronkowski in now his seventh season in the NFL.