NFL upholds Rob Gronkowski's 1-game suspension

Hopefully, Rob Gronkowski doesn’t make a federal case of this.

The New England Patriots’ star tight end lost his appeal of a one-game suspension, the league announced on Tuesday.

Gronkowski was punished – rightfully – for leveling a dangerous cheap shot to the head of Buffalo Bills rookie Tre’Davious White in a fit of frustration after a Tom Brady interception. The hit was widely condemned, even by Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

He’ll miss Monday night’s game against the Miami Dolphins, a game the Patriots might need to keep pace with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the race for the top seed in the AFC playoffs.


Rob Gronkowski will miss Monday’s game against the Miami Dolphins due to suspension. (Getty Images)

Gronkowski might have gotten off lightly considering the suspension the league issued Tuesday to the Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster and the Cincinnati Bengals’ George Iloka. Each of those players were punished for illegal hits from Monday night, one a head shot from Iloka to wideout Antonio Brown, and Smith-Schuster for a blindsided block (and taunting) of Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict.

Gronkowski’s hit could’ve been deemed more egregious of the three considering his came after the play ended. At least one Steeler says so. Here’s Steeler Mike Mitchell via Twitter: