The Bills got the news they expected Friday regarding cornerback Tre’Davious White. He suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and is done for the remainder of the season, a crushing blow to the defense.
White exited the game after his leg bent awkwardly in the second quarter and after a trip to the medical tent, he went to the locker room with a towel over his head and, reportedly, tears in his eyes.
“Obviously Tre’Davious is a huge playmaker for us and just his presence on the football field is unmatched,” said safety Micah Hyde Thursday night. “It’s tough to come back home (to his native Louisiana) and not be able to finish the game. I can't speak for him on what's really going on but just his presence is felt for us and we're gonna make sure he's good.”
Josh Allen and McDermott both said they and the team were praying for White, which was an ominous message about the extent of the injury even before the official news came down.
“You can't say a single bad thing about that man. He comes in and busts his ass every day," said Allen after the Bills 31-6 win over the Saints. "He's such a great teammate, he talks to everybody the right way and he just does the little things well that not many people see but that's why he’s so good.”
With White out, the next man up would seem to be second-year man Dane Jackson. He took over Thursday night but was barely tested by the anemic New Orleans receiving corps and offense. Moving forward, things will get much more difficult.
Jackson was embroiled in a battle to start at the cornerback spot opposite White during training camp, but Levi Wallace won that battle rather easily.
“I thought he did a good job,” McDermott said of Jackson who made three tackles. “He's been in that position before in terms of having to come in, whether it's been for Tre or for Levi, and he usually handles himself well just like he did tonight.”
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