NFL suspends Rob Gronkowski 1 game for late hit to head

Gronkowski has apologized, saying he let his frustration get the better of him.

New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski (87) runs away from New York Jets' Marcus Maye (26) and Morris Claiborne (21) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (WWLP/AP) — The NFL suspended New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski one game for a late, gratuitous hit to the head of Buffalo defensive back Tre’Davious White.

White was lying face down on the sideline after intercepting a pass Sunday when Gronkowski body-slammed him, driving his forearm into White’s back and head. Gronkowski was called for unnecessary roughness, but because of retaliation from the Bills there was no penalty assessed.

Danny Stone of Florence told 22News, “I think it wasn’t the best fight to pick I would’ve stayed away from doing it, I think they’ll be okay, they will probably suspend him for a game. I hate to see the big guy go but in Belichick we trust.”

After the game, which New England won 23-3, Patriots coach Bill Belichick appeared to apologize to Bills counterpart Sean McDermott. Gronkowski also apologized , saying he let his frustration get the better of him.

Gronkowski will miss New England’s game against Miami next Monday night.