Rob Gronkowski apologizes for late hit on Bills defender


New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski turned heads with a dirty play in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 23-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field.

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

Gronkowski was called for a personal foul for unnecessary roughness, but was not ejected from the game. Danny Amendola was flagged for the same thing, as was Buffalo's Micah Hyde. The 28-year-old was given a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, but was not tossed from the game.

Tom Brady wasn't the only Patriots star to blow a gasket during Sunday's win over the Bills. If New England holds on, they would improve to 10-2 on the season.

Gronkowski could face further discipline from the league for the hit. "I don't really believe in the type of shots like that, but just through the frustration process, the game of football, emotions - it's just what happened".

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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has a reputation for being a fun-loving guy who works hard and plays considerably harder. "I just want to apologize to Tre'Davious White".

"First of all, I want to apologize to No. 27", Gronkowski told reporters after the game. His tight end lost his cool, too. "There was just a lot of frustration. And they're calling me for the craziest stuff ever". It just happened natuually through emotions and frustration.

Gronk was targeted 11 times as he dominated the Pats' passing game.

"I just don't understand why there wasn't a flag", he continued.