New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been suspended for one game without pay for his hit on Buffalo Bills defensive back Tre’Davious White.
While covering Gronkowski, White intercepted a Tom Brady pass in the fourth quarter of the Patriots’ 23-3 win on Sunday.
With the play dead, Gronkowski jumped on the back of a prone White, who was out of bounds, incurring a penalty but no ejection, and White was taken to the locker room with what was later described as a concussion.
It is understood Gronkowski will appeal the suspension, despite apologising for the hit after the game.
“I definitely want to apologise to [White],” he said, in quotes reported by NBC Sports Boston. “I’m not in the business of that.
“It was a lot of frustration. I was just really frustrated and at that moment it just happened naturally through emotions and frustration.”