Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was suspended for his dirty hit on Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White during their Dec. 3 game that left White concussed. With a rematch just three weeks later, the idea of retaliation for the hit has been a talking point among fans.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was asked in a radio appearance Monday if he has noticed teams following through with any sort of retaliation throughout his career or if it's an idea that is discussed mostly outside of the locker room.
"I think you do what you can inside the rules of the game," Brady said, via ESPN. "I've been in football for a long time. It was an unfortunate situation that happened, and revenge and all that, I think that's, you know – I've never approached the game like that. I'll just speak for myself. Get revenge against a player that's done something; obviously, I can't do anything anyway, in terms of being physical on the field. But ... I think it's just going to be a football game. Two hard-nosed teams. Division game. It's important for us. It's important for them. That makes for a good matchup."
The topic came up with both coaches Monday as well, and both refused to go into the issue.
"We’ve got too much work to do and this is too good of an opponent for us to, A) talk about it, or B) even think about it," Bills coach Sean McDermott said.
"What's on our mind is playing against a very good Buffalo team that I'm sure will play well, as they have the last couple of weeks against Indianapolis and the Dolphins," Patriots coach Bill Belichick added.
Bills center Eric Wood was asked about the same idea after the Patriots game, and joked that there wasn't a ton the Bills could do against a player of Gronkowski's size (6-foot-6, 265 pounds) – except maybe line left guard Richie Incognito up against him.