The NFL suspended New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski one diversion on Monday for a late, unnecessary hit to the head of Bills protective back Tre’Davious White.
White was lying face down on the sideline in the wake of catching a go in Buffalo on Sunday when Gronkowski body-hammered him, driving his lower arm into White’s back and head. Gronkowski was called for pointless harshness, however not kicked out of the diversion.
“Your actions were not incidental, could have been avoided and placed the opposing player at risk of serious injury,” NFL vice president Jon Runyan said in a letter to Gronkowski. “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.”
Gronkowski was immediately hailed for pointless unpleasantness on the play, which saw White pick off the ball before the Patriots pass-catcher brought down the blast. The eighth-year tight end later apologized to White, who right now is in the alliance’s blackout protcol.
After the diversion, Patriots mentor Bill Belichick seemed to apologize to his Buffalo partner. Rob likewise apologized , saying he let his dissatisfaction show signs of improvement of him.
“I’m not in the business of that,” he told reporters after the game, which New England won 23-3. “There was a lot of frustration. I just want to apologize to Tre’Davious White. I don’t believe in taking shots like that.”
Notwithstanding a fruitful interest, Gronkowski will miss New England’s diversion against Miami next Monday night.
Gronkowski has been one of the most productive tight ends in NFL annals despite an injury history that has allowed him to play all 16 games just twice in his first seven seasons. This year, he has caught 55 passes for 849 yards and seven touchdowns.