The New England Patriots have lost tight end Rob Gronkowski for the season after he was diagnosed with a torn ACL and MCL. He was running up field when he was hit low by Cleveland Browns safety T.J. Ward. Gronkowski was taken out of the game on a cart and didn’t return.
Ward has defended his low hit saying that had he aimed higher he would’ve gotten fined for potentially hitting Gronkowski in the head even if it were unintentional.
“If I would’ve hit him up high, there’s a chance I was going to get a fine,” Ward said, via the Boston Globe.
“It’s kind of being caught between a rock and a hard place,” he said. “It’s a decision you have to make, but you have to follow the rules at the same time. When they set the rule, everyone knew what was going to happen. This can happen if you have those types of situations. It’s pretty much inevitable, and they forced our hand with this one.”
Ward received a death stare from Patriots head coach Bill Belichick as he walked by.