NFL upholds Gronkowski’s 1-game suspension for hit on White

  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, left, makes a catch as Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White (27) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Bills head coach Sean McDermott, right, looks on during the play. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus) Adrian Kraus

  • Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) is tackled by Buffalo Bills safety Micah Hyde (23) during Sunday’s game in Orchard Park, N.Y. AP

Associated Press
Wednesday, December 06, 2017

BOSTON – The NFL has denied Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski’s appeal of a one-game suspension for a late, gratuitous hit to the head of Bills defensive back Tre’Davious White.

The league announced the decision of appeals officer Derrick Brooks on Tuesday.

White was face down on the sideline after intercepting a pass in Buffalo on Sunday when Gronkowski body-slammed him, driving his forearm into White’s back and head.

Gronkowski was called for unnecessary roughness, but not kicked out of the game. White went into the concussion protocol.

Gronkowski, who apologized for the hit, will serve his suspension against the Miami Dolphins next Monday night.