FOXBORO (CBS) – Jaguars safety Barry Church was slapped with a hefty fine for the hit that left Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski with a concussion.

The NFL announced on Friday that Church received a $24,309 fine.

UPDATE: Rob Gronkowski Returns To Practice

Church was flagged for unnecessary roughness when he hit Gronkowski in the head late in the first half of the AFC Championship Game.

hit Barry Church Fined For Hit That Concussed Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski is hit by Barry Church, causing the Patriots tight end to leave the game with a head injury. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Gronkowski did not return to the game.

In Friday’s injury report, the Patriots were required to list Gronkowski’s status for a hypothetical game that would have been played on Sunday. If there were a game, the Pro Bowler would have been ruled out.

The good news for the Patriots is Gronkowski has one more week to heal before New England takes on the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII.

Comments (2)
  1. Daniel Cowen says:

    The NFL set their bounty on Gronks head. It is more probable than not that any team is willing to pay $24k to take Gronk out of a game. The fine is a slap in the face to player safety. The penalty given is conduct detrimental to integrity of the game. NFL Bountygate

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