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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Rob Gronkowski hit with suspension for cheap shot against Tre'Davious White

Patriots tight end and Williamsville native Rob Gronkowski was suspended one game for his retaliatory cheap shot on Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White Sunday that put the rookie in concussion protocol.

"Your actions were not incidental, could have been avoided and placed the opposing player at risk of serious injury," NFL Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan wrote to Gronkowski.

Former Bills Jim Kelly and Aaron Williams (who last year was the victim of a devastating cheap shot himself) both criticized the team for not going after Gronkowski after his hit on White. Coach Sean McDermott disagreed, saying his liked his team's poise. A Patriots radio analyst, meanwhile, praised Gronkowski for making the hit.

Tyrod Taylor is day-to-day with knee injury: Taylor avoided serious injury to his knee, while McDermott said he would remain the team's starting quarterback as long as he is healthy. Shaq Lawson was less fortunate, with his ankle injury termed week-to-week.

Boston columnist lays into rest of AFC East, and she has a point: Here's what the Globe's Tara Sullivan wrote after the Patriots cruised past the Bills on a mediocre performance: "Shame on you Bills, and Dolphins, and Jets, for making this so easy for the Patriots for so many years now, for turning in season after season of futility and inability to match wits, never mind quarterbacks, with the best-run franchise in the NFL, for living so consistently in the shadow of a Belichick-Brady combination that yes, will go down as the greatest combination of coach and athlete our sports landscape has ever known, but has been able to flourish because everyone else just wilts."

Jerry Sullivan: Everyone loves talking about next year's quarterback ... but pump the brakes on the Kirk Cousins talk.

Bucky Gleason: The Bills' balancing now and later comes down to faith ... and a prayer.


Pregame worship coming to Bills' complex: Before the Bills host the Dolphins next week, fans are invited to attend a nondenominational Christian church service in the Bills' fieldhouse at 9:45 a.m.

Playoff outlook: Despite the loss, the Bills certainly aren't out of contention, no matter how bleak things may feel.

X's and O's: Mark Gaughan's Film Breakdown analyzed the Bills' lack of big gains. In his Bills-Pats review, he found that aside from getting Gronked, the Bills D did a good job.

This is fine: Tom Brady tied Drew Bledsoe Sunday for the most wins in the Bills' stadium since Brady became a starter in 2001.

Lovely: All three NFL teams led by ex-Bills coaches currently have a share of their division lead.

Five things to know about the Colts: They aren't good, and the Bills' defensive line should feast on Jacoby Brissett.

Colts injury report: They placed CB Pierre Desir on injured reserve.

What They Said: Bills coordinators on the loss, play-calling, Tyrod's injury and more.

Taylor tentative vs. Patriots: Taylor's average time to throw was higher than usual Sunday.

Advanced Stats: Examining Micah Hyde's uncharacteristically bad game in Week 13.

Watch: Our Team's Takeaway from Monday's Bills briefing.

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