Gronkowski’s appeal of 1-game suspension denied

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski looks on from the sideline after an argument with Buffalo Bills players during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will miss the team’s matchup with the Dolphins next Monday after the appeal of his one-game suspension was denied.

Michael Signora, the league’s vice president of football communications, tweeted the news Tuesday evening.

Gronkowski was suspended Tuesday for a late hit to the head of Bills defensive back Tre’Davious White. White was face down on the sideline after intercepting a pass when Gronkowski body-slammed him, driving his forearm into White’s head and back.

White entered the concussion protocol and Gronkowski was flagged for unnecessary roughness, but not kicked out of the game. New England went on to beat Buffalo 23-3.

Gronkowski later apologized, saying he let his frustration get the best of him.