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Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski's suspension appeal to be heard today

Gronkowski was suspended for one game yesterday.

NFL: New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

On Sunday, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski played an excellent game against the Buffalo Bills. However, the contest ended on a negative note when the veteran hit Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White late after a fourth quarter interception. The rookie defender suffered a concussion because of Gronkowski's unnecessary action.

Yesterday, the NFL announced a one-game suspension for the league's best tight end - a decision that Gronkowski appealed almost immediately. And according to the Boston Globe's Ben Volin, this appeal will be heard today by NFL representative and Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks.

Getting the appeals process over with quickly is not only in the best interest of Gronkowski but also the Patriots. After all, the team will start its on-field preparations for the upcoming Monday night game against the Miami Dolphins tomorrow. The sooner Brooks announces his decision whether or not to overturn the one-game suspension, the sooner the Patriots know if Gronkowski will be a part of the game plan versus Miami.

As soon as the decision becomes public, we will have all the details and ramifications of it.