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NFL suspends Rob Gronkowski one game for body-slamming prone opponent

  • Buffalo’s Tre’Davious White was evaluated for concussion after late hit
  • Patriots coach Bill Belichick says his player’s hit was ‘bullshit’

The NFL has suspended New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski one game for a late, gratuitous hit to the head of Buffalo defensive back Tre’Davious White.

White was lying face down on the sideline after intercepting a pass Sunday when the 265lbs Gronkowski body-slammed him, driving his forearm into White’s back and head. Gronkowski was called for unnecessary roughness, but because of retaliation from the Bills there was no penalty assessed. White was later evaluated for concussion, a particular concern given the issues around brain trauma suffered by NFL players.

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