Bill Belichick on Rob Gronkowski's late hit: 'Rob addressed it'

Buffalo Bills players are calling for New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski to be suspended after his back-of-the-head hit on safety Tre'Davious White resulted in a concussion for White during Sunday's game

Bill Belichick on Rob Gronkowski's late hit: 'Rob addressed it'

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick apologized to Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott following Sunday's game for Rob Gronkowski's late hit on rookie Tre'Davious White.

As for what's ahead, the Patriots travel to South Florida to face the Miami Dolphins on ESPN's Monday Night Football in Week 14, before a highly anticipated December 17 road game against the Steelers.

Gronkowski plans to appeal the suspension, per ESPN's Adam Schefter, and perhaps have it reduced to just a fine. White cradled the ball on the sidelines immediately after landing and seconds later, Gronkowski delivered a disgusting, unnecessary and cheap hit on the 22-year old, launching his massive 6-foot-7, 265-pound frame onto the defenseless cornerback. "The Competition Committee has clearly expressed its goal of 'eliminating flagrant hits that have no place in our game.' Those hits involve the play you were involved in yesterday".

Late in the fourth quarter with the game in hand, Tom Brady threw a pass to Rob Gronkowski that was picked off by White.

The Patriots have gotten plenty from Gronkowski this season after he missed much of last year's campaign because of a back injury. Gronkowski then ran toward White and dove into him, driving his arm into the back of White's helmet.

Gronkowski scored 19.2 FanDuel points against the Bills, and is averaging 14.0 a game this season. He's on his way to a fourth 1,000-yard season, with 849 through 11 contests.

"First of all, I definitely want to apologize to No. 27 (White)". I was just really frustrated at that moment naturally through emotions and frustration, and just want (to apologize to) Tre'Davious White.

"It was a dirty play, apology or not", Bills safety Micah Hyde said.

"I'd say on anything that is outside of our control, such as injuries that could go down to pregame workouts and so forth, things that are out of control are out of our control", Belichick said. "I don't really believe in the type of shots like that, but just through the frustration process, the game of football, emotions - it's just what happened".

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