Tre’Davious White will start Buffalo Bills training camp on PUP list

Tre'Davious White, Buffalo Bills (Photo by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images)
Tre'Davious White, Buffalo Bills (Photo by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images) /

The Buffalo Bills will be holding their first practice of training camp on Sunday but will be missing a few key players to start, most notably cornerback Tre’Davious White. The former All-Pro suffered a torn ACL against the New Orleans Saints last Thanksgiving and has been working his way back from that injury.

Head coach Sean McDermott said that White, along with Ike Boettger and Eli Ankou, will start training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. The Bills’ head coach didn’t elaborate further on when White, or the other players, might be available to return but did say that the trainers have told him that he is on track in his recovery.

This is not necessarily a concern and was somewhat expected as Tre’Davious White tries to get back on the field. The absence of White to start training camp will open the opportunity for Dane Jackson and first round draft pick Kaiir Elam to be the starting cornerbacks to open camp.

It also creates an opportunity further down the depth chart for players like Cam Lewis, Olaijah Griffin, and Nick McCloud to play more snaps with the second-team defense and possibly secure a spot on the 53-man roster.

These early practice snaps for some of these players should give the coaching staff and the front office a better understanding of where the position is without their top cornerback and if there is a need to add a veteran or two before the season.

Rodger Saffold starts Buffalo Bills training camp on NFI list

The other notable player update is that offensive guard Rodger Saffold who will start training camp on Non-Football Injury (NFI) list. McDermott said that Saffold was in a car accident sometime in the past few weeks and suffered an injury to his ribs.

McDermott also did not provide a timeline of when Saffold might be able to return to practice. He was one of the first players the Buffalo Bills signed this offseason after he was released by the Tennessee Titans and is expected to be one of the starting guards.