New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) looks on from the sideline after an argument with Buffalo Bills players during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

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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. 

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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Gronkowski apologized Sunday in the locker room following the late hit. 

This is the first career suspension for Gronkowski in now his seventh season in the NFL. 

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