Tre'Davious White says he isn't out to bring harm to Rob Gronkowski when the Buffalo Bills face the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday.
In fact, during an interview Tuesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio, the Bills' rookie cornerback sounded as if he's willing to forgive the Patriots' tight end for the vicious blow Gronkowski delivered to the back of White's head while White was face down after intercepting a pass in the Bills' Dec. 3 loss against the Pats.
The hit caused White to suffer a concussion, and the rookie later criticized Gronkowski for a dirty hit that White said could have resulted in a broken neck. White also made it clear he wasn't happy that Gronkowski failed to apologize directly to him and, instead, did so while talking with reporters after the game.
"I had time to think about it," White told co-hosts Bruce Murray and Brady Quinn on the SiriusXM Blitz. "I knew that he wasn't that type of player and we just honed in and just moved on from it. I get to see him Sunday, and the best way that I can handle that situation is just try to go in there and just get a big, ol' W in their stadium and help our playoff chances.
"I'm not a guy that's going to do a cheap shot after the whistle or nothing. I'm going to play the game the way it's supposed to be played and respect the game. Going in there and winning would be the best revenge ever."
Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier echoed those sentiments while speaking with reporters Monday.
"Can’t get caught up in all the extracurricular stuff, it’s not about that," Frazier said. "Our guys get that message, they understand it. We really have to focus on the task at hand, and that is playing good, clean football; no personal fouls; no stuff that could hurt us because of a lack of discipline on our part. We’ll have our hands full as it is, we don’t want to do anything to create issues for our team or our defense by getting caught up in anything other than just playing hard football."
In New England's 23-3 victory on Dec. 3, Gronkowski caught nine passes for 147 yards. After serving his suspension, the Western New York native had another nine-catch game, for 168 yards, and a two-point conversion in a 27-24 win at Pittsburgh Sunday.
"We've got a tough test ahead of us this Sunday," White said. "We've got to try to find a way to try to limit his big plays. It's going to be tough, but we're going to try to find a way to get it done."