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