Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski suspended by the NFL

Hope Soto
December 5, 2017

Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots has been suspended without pay for one game for a violation of unnecessary roughness rules in Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills.

"I don't believe in shots like that", Gronkowski said. And then they don't call that?

The hit in question occurred late in Sunday's game after White intercepted quarterback Tom Brady. "That's not cool. It's wonderful to me that you don't get ejected for something like that". I don't know - elbow, shoulder - I don't know what it was.

"He's a hell of a player, and a good person".

It goes without saying that the Patriots are always better with Gronkowski on the field, but they've shown a knack for being resourceful without him. "There was just no need for that in the game we play".

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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. Somehow, Gronkowski wasn't ejected for what was a blatant cheap shot, which means the league will have a decision to make this week on what kind of penalty should be assessed.

The NFL last week suspended Broncos CB Aqib Talib and Raiders WR Michael Crabtree for their involvement in a huge scuffle two weeks ago in Oakland, and the league is taking a harder look at on-field punishment that coincides with its increased attention to player safety.

Gronkowski scored 19.2 FanDuel points against the Bills, and is averaging 14.0 a game this season. I've been a part of plenty of games, whatever sport it might be.

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".

A first-team All-Pro selection automatically would trigger the largest possible payday, though, and Gronkowski, a four-time All-Pro, remains a front-runner for that honor. Hyde and Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola were both called for unnecessary roughness for a separate altercation, and Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct for his behavior toward officials.

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