Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

How Rob Gronkowski's Suspension Could Cost Patriots Tight End Millions

How Rob Gronkowski's Suspension Could Cost Patriots Tight End Millions

If Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is going to be suspended for hitting Buffalo Bills defensive back Tre'Davious White after a play on Sunday, he should know on Monday.

Gronkowski, who will be eligible to return to the active roster following the team's December 11 Monday night game against the Miami Dolphins, also apologized after the game.

The NFL has made a point to improve their studies of head trauma's causes and effects and the league could make a strong, powerful statement by slapping Gronkowski with a suspension.

Gronkowski expressed remorse for the play, on which he was flagged for unnecessary roughness, afterward. But NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan did not accept Gronkowski's defense.

"Your actions were not incidental, could have been avoided and placed the opposing player at risk of serious injury". Acting out of frustration, Gronkowski dove onto White.

Gronkowski admitted his frustrations boiled over after he felt the officials missed a pass interference penalty on the interception, a continuation of what he thinks has been unfair treatment in the game and throughout his career.

After the game yesterday, Belichick said he didn't get much of a look at the hit by Gronkowski, although video captured by Rochester sports anchor Prescott Rossi showed Belichick apologizing to Bills coach Sean McDermott after the game. He's on his way to a fourth 1,000-yard season, with 849 through 11 contests.

"I understand, "Belichick said to McDermott".

"First of all, I definitely want to apologize to [White]".

"I don't really believe in type of shots like that". "I've never seen him do that before", Bills running back LeSean McCoy said of how Gronkowski led with his shoulder in pile-driving a defenseless White in the back of the head in the fourth quarter of New England's 23-3 win Sunday. "I was just really frustrated and at that moment it just happened naturally through emotions and frustration", Gronkowski said. Losing Gronkowski against the Dolphins (5-7) marks a less-than-ideal blow to the Patriots (10-2), but it's one they should still be able to overcome against a team they outclassed in a 35-17 home win on November 26.

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