Gronkowski, who was penalized for unnecessary roughness, apologized for a nasty hit on Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White, one that left players like Bills safety Micah Hyde confused as to why Gronkowski wasn’t ejected.
Gronkowski took a cheap and dirty shot on White in a rather chaotic play that also saw Patriots’ receiver Brandin Cooks get into a near fight with Bills players.
White was placed in the concussion protocol.
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— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) December 3, 2017
Gronkowski spoke about his actions after the game.
I don’t believe in shots like that,” Gronkowski said (h/t ESPN). “I’m not in the business of that. It was a lot of frustration. At that moment, it happened naturally through emotions and frustration.”
White intercepted Patriots’ Tom Brady on a deep route towards the sideline. White was battling Gronkowski when he came up with the pick. Upon White laying face first in the ground as the play ended, Gronkowski took a running start and dove at White, driving his shoulder into the back of White’s helmet.
“At the top of the route, it felt like it was a big hole at the top, and then the throw was definitely — I mean, I felt like he kind of pushed me a little bit and made the play,” Gronkowski explained. “I just don’t understand why there wasn’t a flag. It was a couple times in the game, and they’re calling me for the craziest stuff ever. And it’s crazy, like, what am I supposed to do? And then they don’t call that [on White]. It was just frustration, and that’s what happened.”
“That’s a dirty play, man,” Hyde said. “That’s not cool. It’s amazing to me that you don’t get ejected for something like that. It’s crazy. He obviously saw him on the ground. It’s like a wrestling move. I don’t know — elbow, shoulder — I don’t know what it was. I saw on the replay it was just a dirty play, man. That’s something the NFL talks about all the time about not wanting. If the refs didn’t see it live, they had a good chance to see it on the replay. Just a dirty play.
“Just touch him. Put your foot on him. Tackle him. You don’t need to drive your shoulder or elbow into him. That wasn’t cool. Obviously the game was already — it was a pretty big margin at that time. There was just no need for that in the game we play.”
The Bills and Patriots meet again on December 24th.
“It was a dirty play, apology or not,” Hyde said. “We’ll see him again in a few weeks. You guys will make this a story. I’ve been a part of plenty of games, whatever sport it might be. There’s been dirty plays. Just got to put it past you.”
“I’m sure the league office is going to have something to say about it,” Bills guard Richie Incognito said.
“After the play, I was asking the ref, like, what did I do?” Hyde said of his penalty. “I just got no explanation. The play was over. [Amendola] felt like I was holding him. Even if I was, the play was after, and he comes charging at me, and I was just there to push back because he was running at me. I got no explanation. I’m confused on the whole play.”
Bengals Place Dre Kirkpatrick on IR
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Kirkpatrick, 30, suffered a season ending knee injury after posting 33 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 fumble recovery for the Bengals over six games this season.
In corresponding moves, the Bengals promoted linebacker Hardy Nickerson and wide receiver Damion Willis to the active roster.
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Garrett will be banned for the remainder of the 2018 season, and is likely going to be hit with a stiffer punishment once the NFL completes it’s investigation into the incident. Garrett could also be facing legal action from the attorney’s of Steelers’ quarterback Mason Rudolph.
Garrett, 23, has notched 10 sacks for the Browns this season.
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Burnett has notched 41 tackles, two sacks, and and interception this season for the Browns.
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