Rob Gronkowski has been given a one-game suspension for unnecessary roughness, the NFL announced Monday.
Gronkowski, whom Adam Schefter reports will appeal the suspension, is set to miss Week 14 against the Dolphins. The punishment comes as a result of a late hit from Gronkowski on Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White in the second half of New England’s win over Buffalo Sunday.
Rule 12, Section 2, Article 6 of the NFL rulebook forbids “forcibly contacting a runner when he is out of bounds.” White was out of bounds following an interception of Tom Brady when Gronkowski jumped on him late.
NFL Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan wrote the following to Gronkowski in addressing the suspension:
“Your actions were not incidental, could have been avoided and placed the opposing player at risk of serious injury. The Competition Committee has expressed its goal of ‘elimination flagrant hits that have no place in our game.’ Those hits include the play you are involved in yesterday.”
Assuming his suspension stands, Gronkowski will be eligible to return to the Pats on Tuesday, Dec. 12. He will lose $281,250 in salary as a result of the punishment.
Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.
Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.
The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.
More to come...
Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment.
Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".
Click here to listen and see how he did.