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Despite an appeal, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will serve a one-game suspension after his late hit during the game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
The NFL announced Tuesday that the suspension would be upheld.
The appeal was heard by Derrick Brooks, the appeals officer assigned to the hearing jointly by the NFL and NFL Players Association.
This means that Gronkowski will be out of action for the Patriots’ Monday Night Matchup with the Miami Dolphins.
During the game, Gronkowski was penalized for the irrational play, but was not ejected from the game. After the contest, Gronkowski apologized to Bills defensive back Tre-Davious White for the dirty play. The play happened after White had intercepted quarterback Tom Brady and had already been tackled. Gronkowski fell on White with his elbow/forearm smashing into the back of White’s head/neck.
This is the first time that Gronkowski has been suspended since entering the league with the Patriots in 2010.