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Rob Gronkowski suspended 1 game for cheap shot on Bills CB

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Rob Gronkowski suspended 1 game for cheap shot on Bills CB

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

White was lying face down on the sideline after intercepting a pass in Buffalo on Sunday when Gronkowski body-slammed him, driving his forearm into White's back and head. Gronkowski was called for unnecessary roughness, but not kicked out of the game.

"Your actions were not incidental, could have been avoided and placed the opposing player at risk of serious injury," NFL vice president Jon Runyan said in a letter to Gronkowski. "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."

After the game, Patriots coach Bill Belichick appeared to apologize to Bills counterpart Sean McDermott. Gronkowski also apologized , saying he let his frustration get the better of him.

"I'm not in the business of that," he told reporters after the game, which New England won 23-3. "There was a lot of frustration. I just want to apologize to Tre'Davious White. I don't believe in taking shots like that."

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

McDermott said White had entered the concussion protocol but declined to comment further on the play, the suspension or his conversation with Belichick.

Gronkowski has been one of the most productive tight ends in NFL annals despite an injury history that has allowed him to play all 16 games just twice in his first seven seasons. This year, he has caught 55 passes for 849 yards and seven touchdowns.

At 6-foot-6 and 265 pounds, he is bigger than the players trying to cover him, and he has increasingly complained that officials ignore interference by defenders because his size can make it seem inconsequential.

Gronkowski caught nine passes for 147 yards against Buffalo on Sunday. On the play that resulted in a penalty, he said he felt he was pushed and held.

"I just don't understand why there wasn't a flag," he said. "There was a couple of times in the game they're calling me for the craziest stuff ever. It's like crazy. Like what am I supposed to do? And then they don't call that? It was just frustration."

NFL Notes: J.J. Watt out for season; Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle dies

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NFL Notes: J.J. Watt out for season; Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle dies

HOUSTON — Houston's J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus will miss the rest of the season with injuries.

Coach Bill O'Brien confirmed that both were season-ending injuries on Monday, a day after Watt broke his left leg and Mercilus, a linebacker, tore a pectoral muscle in a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Watt sustained a tibial plateau fracture to end his season early for the second straight year. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year returned in 2017 after missing the last 13 games of last season following his second back surgery. The defensive end played every game in his first five seasons in the NFL before his injury last year.

Mercilus, who is in his sixth season, started each game this year and had 10 tackles and a sack.

Hall of Fame QB Tittle dies
Y.A. Tittle, the Hall of Fame quarterback and 1963 NFL Most Valuable Player, has died. He was 90.

His family confirmed to LSU, where Tittle starred in college, that he passed away. No details were immediately provided.

Known as "The Bald Eagle" as much for his sturdy leadership as his prematurely receding hairline, Tittle played 17 seasons of pro football. He began with the All-America Football Conference's Baltimore Colts in 1948 and finished with the NFL's New York Giants. He played 10 years in between with the San Francisco 49ers, but had his greatest success in New York, leading the Giants to three division titles in four years in a remarkable late-career surge.

Giants: Odell Beckham officially done for year
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The winless New York Giants are going to be without offensive catalyst Odell Beckham Jr. for the rest of the season.

The Giants announced Monday that Beckham will have surgery for his broken left ankle later this week, and coach Ben McAdoo later said it will end the wide receiver's season.

"It's a sad situation," McAdoo said

The 24-year-old Beckham was hurt late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 27-22 loss to Los Angeles when Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward fell on his ankle and pinned it to the turf.

McAdoo spoke to Beckham after the game. He did not if the surgery could cause any long-term problems for the three-time Pro Bowler, who has led the Giants in receiving in each of his first three seasons.

Beckham was the last of four Giants' receivers knocked out of the game.

Dwayne Harris, who also returns punts and kickoffs, will have surgery Tuesday for a broken foot.

Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard were hurt on the same series in the second quarter. Marshall was undergoing further testing and examination Monday.

Shepard is listed as day to day.

Bills: Disaster averted with Charles Clay
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Buffalo Bills starting tight end Charles Clay is out indefinitely after having surgery on his left knee.

Without providing a specific timetable, coach Sean McDermott said Clay will miss "multiple weeks." Buffalo (3-2) enters its bye week off following a 20-16 loss at Cincinnati.

Clay was hurt while being tackled along the sideline after making a 24-yard catch in the first quarter against the Bengals.

Clay has been the Bills' most dependable and productive receiver. He's second on the team with 20 catches and leads Buffalo with 258 yards, and tied for the team lead with two touchdowns.

His injury further depletes an offense that's missing starting receiver Jordan Matthews, who is out indefinitely with a broken right thumb.

NFL Notes: Bears to start Trubisky; Raiders' Carr out 2-6 weeks

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NFL Notes: Bears to start Trubisky; Raiders' Carr out 2-6 weeks

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears are going to give prized rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky a try.

The team says the No. 2 overall draft pick from North Carolina will start against the Minnesota Vikings next Monday night after Mike Glennon struggled in the first four games.

It's hardly a surprise that the Bears (1-3) will go with Trubisky considering how badly Glennon has struggled. He has five interceptions and three lost fumbles. He got picked off twice, lost a fumble on a sack and had another snap ricochet off his knee for a lost fumble in Thursday's 35-14 loss at Green Bay (see full story).

Raiders: QB Carr to miss 2-6 weeks with back injury
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders will be without quarterback Derek Carr for two to six weeks after he injured his back in a 16-10 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Carr left the Raiders' game at Denver late in the third quarter Sunday after being shaken up on a sack.

Carr was hit by defensive end Shelby Harris and was going down when defensive end Adam Gotsis flew in and wrapped a padded arm between his helmet and shoulder pads.

Carr remained on the ground for several moments as team trainers and medical personnel came on to the field to tend to him. He eventually was able to get up and walk off the field on his own power, holding his lower back (see full story).

Bills: Jordan Matthews breaks thumb
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Buffalo Bills starting receiver Jordan Matthews and starting linebacker Ramon Humber are out indefinitely because of broken thumbs for a team already lacking experienced depth.

Coach Sean McDermott says the two will require surgery after both were hurt in a 23-17 win at Atlanta on Sunday.

Buffalo's receiver depth was already thin after Sammy Watkins was traded to the Los Angeles Rams in August, and Anquan Boldin retired two weeks after signing with the team in training camp.

Matthews was acquired in a trade with Philadelphia in August. The fourth-year player leads Bills receivers with 10 catches for 162 yards, and scored his first touchdown of the season Sunday.

Vikings: Rookie RB Cook suffers torn ACL
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Dalvin Cook became the latest integral offensive player lost by the bad-luck-trodden Minnesota Vikings.

The team's fear of a torn ACL in the rookie running back's left knee was realized Monday, sealing the end of a promising rookie season.

Coach Mike Zimmer confirmed the diagnosis, signaling the switch to Latavius Murray as the primary ball carrier. Cook will have reconstructive surgery once the swelling subsides. Some additional cartilage damage was discovered, Zimmer said, but no additional ligaments were injured beyond the ACL.

"He's a great kid," Zimmer said. "I'm extremely impressed with everything he's done to this point. It's obviously a terrible thing for him, and for us, but we'll move forward and go on from there. He's a great worker, and I have no doubt that he'll come back from this" (see full story).

Seahawks: RB Chris Carson has fracture
RENTON, Wash. — Seattle running back Chris Carson suffered a fracture in his lower left leg when he was pinned in a pile in the fourth quarter of the Seahawks' win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Speaking on his weekly radio show on KIRO-AM on Monday, coach Pete Carroll said the fracture was discovered just below Carson's knee.

Carroll said the initial concern was about Carson's ankle and initial examinations didn't show a fracture there but additional tests revealed the extent of the injury. Carroll said Carson will be out for a while.

Carson, a rookie seventh-round pick, had become Seattle's starting running back for the first month of the season.

Left tackle Rees Odhiambo was still in the hospital Monday morning, Carroll said. Odhiambo had breathing problems after the game (see full story).