Rob Gronkowski Knocks Opponent Out Of Game With Late Cheap Shot To The Head

Bryan Brandom
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More amazing than the nine catches Rob Gronkowski hauled in for 147 yards in his New England Patriots‘ 23-3 shellacking of the Buffallo Bills on Sunday was that the dense tight end managed to remain in the game after this vicious cheap shot to the back of an opponent’s head.

That watermelon Gronk is trying to Gallagher with his elbow belongs to rookie Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White, who’d intercepted a Tom Brady pass intended for the tight end.

Instead of an ejection, Gronk was hit with an unnecessary roughness penalty, as was Bills safety Micah Hyde.

White exited the game and entered the NFL concussion protocol.

“Tre made a nice pick,” said Bills coach Sean McDermott after the loss. “I wasn’t happy with what ensued after that. I don’t think there’s any place in the game for that. It’s unfortunate and I know (Gronkowski) is a better player than that.”

Gronk apologized to the rookie in the locker room, but claimed his desire to crush the corner’s skull occurred “naturally,” whatever that means.

“I definitely want to apologize to No. 27,” he said. “I’m not in the business of that. There was a lot of frustration, and I was just really frustrated at that moment. It just happened naturally through emotions and frustration, and I just want to apologize to Tre’Davious White.”