Tre'Davious White

Incognito warns it's time for Bills to 'take their shots' at Gronk

Incognito warns it's time for Bills to 'take their shots' at Gronk

Tre'Davious White has tried to tamp down the talk of revenge on Rob Gronkowski heading into the Bills rematch with the Patriots on Sunday, but that didn't stop world-famous bully Richie Incognito from ratcheting up the payback rhetoric.

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"Obviously, there are going to be opportunities for guys to take shots this next game." the Bills offensive lineman told The Buffalo News earlier this week. "Gronkowski took his shot. Now it's our defense's chance to take their shots on him. When you do dumb stuff like he did, you open the door. The referees are a little more lenient because they know you got it coming. You've just got to be prepared to take it."

Now, Incognito won't be on the field with the Buffalo defense but perhaps the subject of the NFL's bullying investigation three years ago with the Miami Dolphins would give them a few pointers.

As for Gronk, he's not taking the revenge bait. 

“I’ve just been preparing all week, just like any other week. Preparing for a big game on Sunday with the team, with the boys and just going to be ready for a hard-fought battle,” Gronkowski said Friday. “Every single time we play the Bills they're always battling hard. They're always mentally tough. They're always physically tough and this will be a big game Sunday. We've just got to keep on preparing. We've got another 48 more hours to go before kickoff so just make sure I'm ready to go.”

 

Did Rob Gronkowski reach out to Tre’Davious White? The answer may surprise you or be exactly what you’d expect

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Did Rob Gronkowski reach out to Tre’Davious White? The answer may surprise you or be exactly what you’d expect

FOXBORO -- He didn’t and he doesn’t want to talk about it. 

Hours after Tre’Davious White said on the NFL Network that he never got an apology from Rob Gronkowski for a late hit in Week 13, Gronkowski was all business in his Friday press conference leading up to Sunday's game against the Bills. He only talked about White in terms of what he is as a player (a “good player,” per Gronkowski) and he tried to steer mostly everything else back towards -- paraphrasing here -- being excited to get out there with the boys and play football for the team in the big game for the boys. 

“I’ve just been preparing all week, just like any other week. Preparing for a big game on Sunday with the team, with the boys and just going to be ready for a hard-fought battle,” Gronkowski said when asked if he was concerned about the White situation. “Every single time we play the Bills they're always battling hard. They're always mentally tough. They're always physically tough and this will be a big game Sunday. We've just got to keep on preparing. We've got another 48 more hours to go before kickoff so just make sure I'm ready to go.”
 
White was reported to have said the “whole hood” wanted to go after Gronkowski for the hit, but he’s since walked back those comments and said that he doesn’t feel Gronkowski is a dirty player. Gronkowski wouldn’t bite on that either. 

“[I’m] just focusing for the big game Sunday,” he said. “Just preparing like any other week and just preparing as best as I can. It was a good week at practice and [we've] still got 48 more hours to go.”

White changing tune on Gronk after calling him a dirty player

White changing tune on Gronk after calling him a dirty player

It’s possible the “whole ‘hood” may still want a piece of the Patriots Rob Gronkowski, but Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White has had a change of heart when it comes to Gronk. Or maybe just maybe the rookie is following his coach’s lead and focusing more on the task at hand - beating the Pats and earning a playoff spot - than exacting revenge on the all-world tight end. 

Speaking today to Sirius XM NFL radio, White said the anger that bubbled over after that Gronkowski cheap shot in Buffalo December 3rd has subsided and now he just wants to play ball.

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“As I've had time to think about it, I knew he wasn't that type of player. We just honed in and moved on from it. But I get the film Sunday and the best way that I can handle that situation and just try to go in there and just get a big old ‘W' in their stadium and try to help our playoff chances. So yeah, I'm not a guy who's going to try to do a cheap shot after the whistle. Nothing. I'm gonna play the game the way it's supposed to be played. Respect the game and just like I said, going in there and winning would be the best revenge."

That’s a sharp turn from where White was less than two weeks ago. He told Buffalo reporters Gronk was a dirty player.

"Man, it's a joke, dog. Man, I don't know what to say on that. I'm laying there. He snuck me with my back turned. He could have broke my neck. I mean, I got a son to raise. All that. People don't think about that when they just react."

Gronkowski spoke to reporters Friday for the first time since his one-game suspension and refused to address White’s comments or whether or not he had reached out to the player. In the immediate aftermath of the first Bills game, Gronk’s comments seemed to lack the necessary remorse - or at least that’s how it was read in some corners.

“First of all, I definitely want to apologize to number 27,”  Gronkowski said. “I’m not in the business of that. There was a lot of frustration. I was just really frustrated at that moment and it just happened naturally through emotions and frustrations. I just want to apologize to Tre'Davious White. I don’t really believe in any types of shots like that but just through the frustration process -- the game of football -- emotions, (it's) what happened.”

If the Bills win their final two games, they will make the playoffs for the first time since 1999, the longest active playoff drought in any major sport. Meanwhile, Gronkowski recorded a career-high 168 yards receiving at Pittsburgh in his first game back from the suspension.

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