Tre’Davious White is upset about not making the Pro Bowl.
Any anger the Buffalo Bills’ rookie cornerback had for Rob Gronkowski, however, has been pushed aside.
“Just getting over it, man,” White said following practice Wednesday. “That week of, you know, it was just still lingering on me. As I got a chance to think about it man, that was just childish. It was childish. But you know, I got over it and I'm past that, man. I'm just focusing on winning.”
White said he hasn’t received an apology from Gronkowski for the brutal late hit during the team’s Week 13 game at New Era Field, and doesn’t expect one Sunday during the rematch in New England. He’s also not concerning himself with any sort of retaliation.
“‘I’m thinking about winning,” he said “I’m trying to get into the playoffs man, so yeah, that's what I'm thinking about right there. One-game season, get into the playoffs, trying to end that 17-year streak.”
White’s public response echoes coach Sean McDermott’s approach.
“Any time we spend discussing that situation is wasted time and getting in our way of becoming a better football team,” McDermott said earlier Wednesday. "We have a lot of respect for him as a player. He’s certainly one of the best, or certainly, if not one of the best, the best that I’ve been around at the position in 20-plus years in the NFL.”
Because of that, White is glad Gronkowski will be on the field Sunday.
“I want to play against him. I want to face the best guys,” the rookie said. “We want to see him. We want to get them at their best, so, you know, once we get a win, there's no, you know, ‘they was without their main target.’ ”
White did own up to feeling like he was snubbed for the Pro Bowl.
“I feel like, you know, my play speaks for itself,” he said. “You never know how that stuff goes, but I definitely was disappointed in it because I felt like I was well deserving of being in.”
The Bills are going all-out on their “Tre’Davious White should be Defensive Rookie of the Year” campaign, tweeting from their social media account Wednesday that he is the only player in the NFL with at least two fumble recoveries, four interceptions and 18 passes defensed.
“I think he’s as good as anybody out there from a rookie standpoint and a legitimate candidate for Rookie Defensive Player of the Year,” McDermott said. “He’s had a nice year, he continues to grow and he’s got the right approach. He’s very serious and passionate about the game. He works hard in his preparation, and yet there’s a challenge to continue to get better every week for him and our football team.”
The Bills had a long list of players held out of Wednesday's practice, including wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (knee) and cornerback E.J. Gaines.
Also sitting out were defensive tackle Kyle Williams (groin), wide receiver Andre Holmes (neck), tight end Nick O'Leary (back) and linebacker Lorenzo Alexander (rest).
Running back LeSean McCoy (knee), tight end Charles Clay (knee), wide receiver Deonte Thompson (back) and guard John Miller (ankle) worked on a limited basis.
Backup quarterback Nathan Peterman, who was taken out of concussion protocol Monday, practiced fully.
The Patriots listed two players as not practicing Wednesday: running back Rex Burkhead (knee) and defensive lineman Alan Branch (knee).
Wide receivers Chris Hogan (shoulder) and Matthew Slater (hamstring), running backs James White (ankle) and Brandon Bolden (groin), linebacker Kyle Van Noy (calf), defensive lineman Eric Lee (ankle), and offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle (ankle), and defensive back Brandon King (hamstring) worked on a limited basis.
News Sports Reporter Vic Carucci contributed to this report.