The Buffalo Bills will have to make their playoff run without one of their best defensive players. On Friday, the team announced that star cornerback Tre'Davious White suffered a torn ACL during their 31-6 win over the New Orleans Saints on Thanksgiving, which will force him to miss the rest of the 2021 season.
White suffered the noncontact knee injury in the second quarter while covering wide receiver Marquez Callaway on a route. He hobbled off the field and was ruled out shortly after. The two-time Pro Bowler was in the midst of another solid season, as he recorded 41 combined tackles, six passes defensed, half a sack and one interception in 11 games played.
White was originally drafted by the Bills with the No. 27 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, and he became an immediate starter in Sean McDermott's defense. He was an All-Pro in 2019 when he recorded six interceptions, which was tied for first in the league, and was named a second team All-Pro in 2020.
When White exited, he was replaced by second-year corner Dane Jackson -- who figures to retain that starting role alongside Levi Wallace and nickel back Taron Johnson. The Bills have the No. 1 defense in the league, as they allow an average of 275.2 yards of total offense per game. Still, the loss of a leader and playmaker like White is certainly something that will affect this team moving forward.
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