Fans furious after late Gronk hit concusses star rookie

Fans furious after late Gronk hit concusses star rookie

If the Buffalo Bills’ playoff hopes were on life support before, they’ve just about flatlined after a 23-3 loss to the reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

Not only did the Bills tumble out of the wild-card spot with a 6-6 record, they lost two key pieces in the process.

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor was carted off with a knee injury early in the fourth quarter, although it was unclear when exactly he hurt his knee.

But the more ignominious of the two losses was rookie standout defensive back Tre’Davious White, who will most likely end up on the concussion protocol.

White played a pivotal role in somewhat limiting Tom Brady’s effectiveness. The Super Bowl MVP was held without a touchdown pass and a threw an interception to White, the rookie’s third of the season. Brady was also sacked three times.

After White, who was in man coverage with Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski, got the interception, there was some extracurricular activity.

White had already given himself up and was out of bounds when Gronkowski came in with a WWE-style body slam.

Gronkowski also seemed to drive his heavily padded elbow into the head and neck area of White.

The Bills announced afterward that White has entered the league’s concussion protocol.

Bills head coach Sean McDermott wasn’t happy with what he saw, saying after the game, “I don’t think there’s any place in the game for that. It’s unfortunate and I know [Gronkowski’s] a better player than that.”

McDermott echoed the sentiments of many NFL fans who felt that Gronkowki’s play was dirty and malicious.

Gronkowski acknowledged he went too far, blaming it on “frustration.”

“First off, I definitely want to apologize to No. 27,” Gronkowski said after the game. “I’m not in the business of that. It was just a lot of frustration. I was just really frustrated at that moment. … Just want to apologize to Tre’Davious White. I don’t really believe in types of shots like that.”

While the Bills losing to the Patriots is nothing new, this loss stung more so than usual with Buffalo on the fringe of ending a playoff drought that dates back to 1999.

While Brady struggled by his lofty standards, the Patriots rushed for 191 yards including a pair of touchdowns.

With Taylor out, the Bills turned to rookie Nathan Peterman, who, it should be noted, did not throw an interception in the game after throwing five in his dubious debut as a starter.

The Patriots have moved to 10-2, and will wrap up the AFC East with another win or the next Buffalo loss. The Bills, meanwhile, are one game behind the Baltimore Ravens (who also have the tiebreaker over them) for the sixth and final AFC wild-card spot.

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