Rob Gronkowski Suspension Appeal Denied for Hit on Tre'Davious White

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistDecember 5, 2017

BUFFALO, NY - DECEMBER 3: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots argues with field judge Mike Weatherford #116 after receiving a penalty for his late hit on Tre'Davious White #27 of the Buffalo Bills during NFL game action at New Era Field on December 3, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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The New England Patriots will be without tight end Rob Gronkowski against the Miami Dolphins on Monday night in Week 14.

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, the NFL denied Gronkowski's appeal of his one-game suspension for a late hit on Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White in Week 13.

Gronkowski was penalized in the fourth quarter of New England's 23-3 win over the Bills on Sunday.

After White intercepted a pass by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady that was intended for Gronkowski, he rolled out of bounds. Gronkowski then dove on him, driving his shoulder into the back of White's helmet.

"I don't believe in shots like that," Gronkowski said after the game (via ESPN.com's Mike Rodak). "I'm not in the business of that. It was a lot of frustration. At that moment, it happened naturally through emotions and frustration."

Officials flagged Gronkowski for unnecessary roughness. White was placed in the NFL's concussion protocol after the hit.

Gronkowski leads the Patriots in targets (85), receptions (55) and receiving touchdowns (seven) this season.

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