CBS Sports reporter Tracy Wolfson reported during the October 1 game that White was being evaluated for an Achilles injury. The Bills later confirmed the initial diagnosis, though did not hint at the severity of the injury.
“Update on Tre’Davious White: He’s been downgraded to out and is being evaluated for an Achilles injury,” the team shared on X.
White was hurt with 39 seconds remaining in the third quarter of the team’s game against the Dolphins, going down with what appeared to be a non-contact injury. White was surrounded by teammates as he was tended to by the team’s medical staff, and was visibly emotional as he was taken off the field.
Tre White Goes Down
White suffered a non-contact injury, going down near the sideline on a fourth-down play and appearing upset as he was on the turf. White took off his helmet and slammed it onto the ground in frustration.
“Tre White is beside himself,” Bills reporter Matt Bove wrote on X. “He’s pounding the ground. All of his teammates are now circling around him. Hard not to fear the worse. The cart is coming out now.
Bills players came out onto the field to surround White, showing support as he was treated and placed onto a cart to be taken to the locker room.
While the severity of the injury was not immediately known, an Achilles tear would almost certainly be season-ending for White. New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a torn Achilles in the season-opening game against the Bills, knocking him out for the year.
White was part of a strong defensive effort that held the league’s best offense to 20 points on Sunday, hounding quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and grounding an offense that had scored 70 points in a Week 3 win over the Denver Broncos. After he was sacked just one time through the first three games of the season, Tagovailoa was sacked four times against the Bills.
White finished the day with three tackles, a pass defended and a quarterback hit.
If White should miss significant time, the Bills would likely call on second-year cornerback Kaiir Elam to take on a bigger role. Elam, the team’s first-round pick in 2022, had been a healthy scratch through the first four games of the season.
Bills CB Fought Back From ACL Tear
White had already fought back from one major injury in his career, an ACL tear suffered in a Thanksgiving game in 2021. White missed a full year, returning for the team’s Thanksgiving Day win over the Detroit Lions last year.
Speaking to ESPN in November 2022, White said he worked hard to get back onto the field.
“I bust my a** during this process. So, once I come back and perform well, it’s not gonna be a surprise to me,” White said. “… The people that know me that I care about, and that care about me and just know the amount of work and effort and blood, and literally blood, sweat and tears that I put into this rehab, they know.”