Rob Gronkowski suspended one game for dirty hit on Tre'Davious White

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Gronkowski appealed the suspension he received for a late hit on Buffalo cornerback Tre'Davious White in Sunday's Patriots win over the Bills.

"Good. Good for him", Zolak said.

White had to leave the game to be evaluated for a head injury after the incident, which resulted in a penalty on Gronkowski but no ejection.

The hit on his opponent was completely out of character for Gronk and he recognized the detriment this could cause the team with an apology after the game. Although attempting to appeal such suspensions is a normal course of action for most players, Gronkowski's decision to do so amidst all the fallout was freakish, to say the least. White was making a lot of contact with the tight end, but wasn't flagged for holding or pass interference.

National Football League vice president John Runyan wrote to Gronkowski in his suspension letter, "Your actions were not incidental, could have been avoided and placed the opposing player at risk of serious injury".

"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 will return for Week 15's big game against the Steelers.

"I want to apologize to No. 27", Gronkowski told reporters after the game. "I don't really believe in the type of shots like that". "I'm here to celebrate this evening".

"That was probably one of the worst plays I've ever seen in football", Lewis said on Showtime's Inside the NFL Tuesday. "We'll just move on".

A one-game suspension will cost Gronkowski a $250,000 game check, a $31,250 game-day roster bonus, and will make it that much tougher to reach his $5.5 million incentive level (90 percent of snaps, or 80 catches, or 1,200 yards, or 14 touchdowns).

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