Appeals officer Derrick Brooks has upheld 1-game suspension of Rob Gronkowski.
— Michael Signora (@NFLfootballinfo) December 5, 2017
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The NFL announced Monday that Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has been suspended one game for his hit on Bills CB Tre’Davious White.
- Adam Schefter reports that Gronkowski is appealing the suspension.
Rob Gronkowski has been suspended for 1 game for violation of unnecessary roughness rules pic.twitter.com/ySlimskMdh
— Michael Signora (@NFLfootballinfo) December 4, 2017
Gronkowski’s hit was clearly unnecessary and many felt he should have been ejected from the game. so this doesn’t come as a big surprise.
White is currently in the NFL’s concussion protocol from this hit.
Gronkowski, 28, is a former second-round pick of the Patriots back in 2010. He is in the sixth year of his eight-year, $55.23 million contract that included $13.17 million guaranteed.
Gronkowski has outplayed this contract by a mile and was one of the most underpaid players in the NFL. He was set to make base salaries of $4.25 million (2017), $8 million (2018) and $9 million (2019) over the remainder of the contract when he agreed to a restructured contract this summer.
In 2017, Gronkowski has appeared in 11 games and caught 55 passes for 849 yards receiving and seven touchdowns.