How Rob Gronkowski's Suspension Could Cost Patriots Tight End Millions

The Associated Press

The Associated Press

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been suspended for his late hit on a Buffalo Bills defender during Sunday's game. "I don't believe in taking shots like that". "There was a lot of frustration".

If Gronkowski chooses to serve the suspension, the Patriots will turn to Dwyane Allen as the starting tight end.

Gronkowski said his frustration boiled over because of an earlier interference call on him while running a pass route, and the feeling that because of his size, he is often flagged for interference whenever he bumps another player on a pass route or a player deliberately holds on to him. "It was just frustration, and that's what happened".

"Tre made a nice pick", McDermott said following the game. White cradled the ball on the sidelines immediately after landing and seconds later, Gronkowski delivered a disgusting, unnecessary and cheap hit on the 22-year old, launching his massive 6-foot-7, 265-pound frame onto the defenseless cornerback. "And just a couple times during the game, and they're calling me for the craziest, craziest stuff ever. But, just through the frustration process, game of football emotions, just what happened". And then they don't call that? I've been a part of plenty of games, whatever sport it might be.

"It was a dirty play, apology or not", Hyde said.

To earn his maximum salary for 2017, Gronkowski would need to record 25 catches or 351 receiving yards over the final three weeks of the regular season - an average of 8.3 catches or 117 yards per game.

"I'm sure the league office is going to have something to say about it", guard Richie Incognito said.

Barring a successful appeal, Gronkowski will miss New England's game against Miami next Monday night.

A first-team All-Pro selection automatically would trigger the largest possible payday, though, and Gronkowski, a four-time All-Pro, remains a front-runner for that honor.

Gronkowski received a personal foul penalty, but was not ejected.

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