Buffalo Bill cornerback Tre’Davious White went down with a knee injury in the team’s Thanksgiving win over the New Orleans Saints and there are now fears he may be missing out on time.
White was injured in the second quarter of Thursday’s game while covering a pass with his knee twisting awkwardly. He went to the sidelines with apparent pain and was later taken to the locker room for further examination. The Bills said he was in doubt about returning, but at least one expert fears his absence could last much longer.
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While the Bills hadn’t yet given an official update on White’s injury, some immediately feared it could be significant. Since it was a non-contact injury, there has been speculation that he may have torn a cruciate ligament, which would be an end-of-season injury.
David J. Chao, a sports medic and former chief medical officer of the then San Diego Chargers, tweeted a video of the injury and wrote that the “concern” was a cruciate ligament rupture. However, Chao stressed that he could not fully evaluate the video on his own.
The Bills defense didn’t see much of a drop-off with White from the field against the Saints. The Bills held a understaffed New Orleans squad for a touchdown and a total of 185 yards in the 31-6 win.
Losing White for a significant period would be a big blow to a Bills defense struggling to find consistency. Although the defense is still among the best in the league for points allowed, they fought against teams with strong running games. The Indianapolis Colts slashed the Bills defense for a total of 264 yards while Jonathan Taylor ran for a career of 185 yards.
Buffalo also battled the Tennessee Titans, who were pushing Derrick Henry back, and the trend of not stopping the best backs in the league worried some members of the Bills defense.
“We felt like we did pretty well all season and obviously we were up against guys like Derrick Henry and Jonathan Taylor, two very good defenders. We have to find a way to limit that, ”said Micah Hyde.
McDermott added that the team would need to make some changes to stop the run.
“We have to fix that” McDermott said. “There is a formula to win and at the other end there is also a formula. And if you give up … if we get beaten at the point of attack, then of course I’ll have to do a better job. “
If White is out for an extended period of time, the Bills could also seek help with secondary school. The Bills could potentially move up some members of the practice team, where they have cornerbacks Olaijah Griffin and Nick McCloud. But White and the rest of the Bills have a little more time to rest before a critical matchup. The Bills have an 11-day layoff before hosting the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football in a game that will determine who runs the AFC East.
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