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The New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills play again in three weeks and things could get ugly.

Bills threaten retaliation against Rob Gronkowski for Tre’Davious White hit

Ryan Wooden

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will likely be receiving a hefty fine compliment of the league office for a cheap shot on Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White on Sunday. However, that’s apparently isn’t the only punishment he should be expecting.

Gronkowski lost his cool after he thought he was held on what wound up being an interception by White late in the fourth quarter of a 23-3 win over the Bills. However, instead of pleading his case to officials like a normal person, he peeled back and drilled White in the head with his shoulder well after the whistle had been blown.

White is currently in concussion protocol because of that shot to the back of his head, so he was unable to speak with the media following the game. But Bills safety Jordan Poyer made it clear that the defense would remember Gronkowski’s actions during their next meeting back in Foxborough on Dec. 24, according to Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com.

With the Bills still clinging to playoff life, the fact that they may have lost White — their best cornerback and a serious contender for Defensive Rookie of the Year — might factor into how the NFL chooses to punish Gronkowski. A fine seems most likely, but a suspension could also be in play.

Either way, the Patriots are definitely going to want to protect Gronkowski from serious injury in the rematch with the AFC East all but locked up at 10-2.