NEW YORK - The NFL has upheld the one-game suspension of Rob Gronkowski after hearing his appeal on Tuesday. Gronkowski will miss the Patriots game against the Dolphins on Monday night.
Gronkowski hit Bills defensive back Tre'Davious White in the back of the head while he was lying on the ground after intercepting a pass during the fourth quarter of the Patriots win over Buffalo.
The hit was penalized, but Gronkowski was not ejected from the game.
The suspension begins immediately, meaning Gronkowski will not be allowed in the Patriots training facilities until after the game against the Dolphins.
Gronkowski's appeal was heard by former Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks, who oversees player discipline issues for the National Football League along with former Redskins and Eagles wide receiver James Thrash.
Gronk will lose at least $280,000, since he will forfeit a game check and an incentive related to being on the active roster for the Patriots on game day. It's possible that Gronk might fall short of other incentives written into his contract as a result of missing the Miami game.
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