Tre'Davious White Won't Return for Bills vs. Saints Because of Knee Injury

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IINovember 26, 2021

Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White (27) defends a pass against New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith (10) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
AP Photo/Butch Dill

Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White has been ruled out for the remainder of his team's road game against the New Orleans Saints on Thursday with a left knee injury.

Buffalo initially ruled White doubtful to return before later confirming that the 26-year-old would not be coming back onto the field.

As noted by Nick Wojton of Bills Wire, White's left knee appeared to buckle slightly as the shutdown corner defended Saints wide receiver Marquez Callaway in the second quarter.

Per Adam Benigni of WGRZ Buffalo, White walked off the field on his own power.

A clearly emotional White was understandably unhappy after leaving the game, as Jay Skurski of Buffalo News noted:

Jay Skurski @JaySkurski

Tre White just SLAMMED his helmet on the sideline after walking off the field. He's currently in the medical tent being looked at by trainers. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bills?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Bills</a>

As noted by ESPN's Alaina Getzenberg, Dane Jackson stepped in for White. Levi Wallace remained as the other outside corner, with Taron Johnson acting as the nickelback.

White is a two-time Pro Bowler who also earned an All-Pro nod during the first four years of his career. He's one of the NFL's best defensive backs and had played particularly well of late, per Pro Football Focus:

PFF BUF Bills @PFF_Bills

Treโ€™Davious Whiteโ€™s playmaking has been on the rise over the last three weeks๐Ÿ‘€<br><br>๐Ÿ”’ 125 coverage snaps<br>๐Ÿ”’ 38.9% completion % allowed<br>๐Ÿ”’ 5 forced incompletions<br>๐Ÿ”’ 88.1 coverage grade <a href="https://t.co/2916dEq6MZ">pic.twitter.com/2916dEq6MZ</a>

He's been excellent all season, though, with PFF's Louie Benjamin offering this note:

Louie Benjamin @PFF_Louie

Lowest Passer Rating allowed when targeted in coverage<br><br>1. J.C. Jackson - 39.3<br>2. Taron Johnson - 41.4<br>3. Tre'Davious White - 50.2<br>4. Rashad Fenton - 57.0<br>5. Jamel Dean - 57.2<br><br>Among 107 CBs with min. 150 snaps in coverage

Hopefully the former LSU star is able to return quickly as the Bills look for a return trip to the playoffs. His next opportunity to play would be Monday, Dec. 6 at home against the New England Patriots.

If he's forced to miss time, then Jackson should be the next player up.

The former Pitt Panther, who is in his second NFL season after Buffalo selected him with a seventh-round draft pick, entered Thursday with 15 career games played. He has amassed 26 tackles, five defended passes, an interception and a fumble recovery.