It’s official — the New England Patriots will be without tight end Rob Gronkowski when they face the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football next week.
The four-time All-Pro was suspended Monday for one game for his ugly late hit on Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White on Sunday. He appealed the suspension, but the NFL announced Tuesday that it is upholding the ban.
Appeals officer Derrick Brooks has upheld 1-game suspension of Rob Gronkowski.
— Michael Signora (@NFLfootballinfo) December 5, 2017
NFL denied Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski’s appeal of his one-game suspension.
Gronkowski is out Monday night vs. Miami.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 5, 2017
Appeals officer Derrick Brooks has upheld Gronk’s 1 game suspension.
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) December 5, 2017
Gronkowski’s appeal was heard by former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks, who was assigned to the hearing jointly by the NFL and NFL Players Association, according to ESPN.
The suspension will cost Gronkowski at least $281,250 in salary and roster bonus money, and could potentially cost him even more in incentives due to the missed game action.
Following the game, Gronkowski apologized to White for the cheap shot which landed the rookie in the concussion protocol. But that clearly wasn’t good enough.
NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote a letter to Gronkowski on Monday informing the future Hall of Fame tight end of his suspension, making it clear that the league has zero tolerance for the type of behavior he displayed on Sunday.
“Your actions were not incidental, could have been avoided and placed the opposing player at risk of serious injury,” Runyan wrote. “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.”
In case you missed it, here is a clip of the hit that got Gronkowski suspended.
Rob Gronkowski apologized after Sunday’s game for a hit that left Bills rookie cornerback Tre’Davious White in the NFL’s concussion protocol… He also expressed frustration for penalties called on him, which he called “crazy,” and the ones that aren’t called when he gets held. pic.twitter.com/SEmeN6C2KO
— The3PointConversion (@3ptCnvrsn) December 3, 2017