The Buffalo Bills will have their best defensive player this season, after all.
Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White, a first-team All-Pro last season and one of the best corners in the NFL, indicated Wednesday he was still considering opting out. The deadline for players to opt out of the season due to coronavirus concerns was 4 p.m. Eastern on Thursday.
The deadline came and went without any news from White, or any major news of any kind. Chris Mortensen of ESPN confirmed shortly after the deadline that White will play in 2020.
Now the Bills can focus on their pursuit of their first AFC East title since 1995, knowing White will be locking down opposing receivers.
Tre’Davious White gives reasons for concern
White indicated on Wednesday in a video call with reporters that he was unsure about playing this season.
White had already skipped workouts in Washington with defensive teammates because he was concerned about flying with two young children at home according to Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News. White expanded on his reasons for trepidation on Twitter.
Crazy that me choosing my family’s wellbeing over a game comes with so called fans attacking and questioning me and saying I’m selfish. No you guys are selfish for thinking that football is bigger than life. Oh by the way my girl’s grandfather passed from COVID. U understand now?
— Tre'Davious White (@TakeAwayTre_) August 6, 2020
White was a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft out of LSU and immediately made an impact on the Bills defense. He had his best season in 2019. He tied for the NFL lead with six interceptions and was named to the Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro for the first time.
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