McDermott wants Bills to move beyond Gronk cheap shot

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Sean McDermott doesn’t want to discuss the Rob Gronkowski hit anymore. 

The Bills head coach cut his Monday press conference short after a three consecutive questions about the play that injured Tre’Davious White late in Buffalo’s loss to the Patriots Sunday. 

McDermott said the situation would be handled at the league level and he would not comment on any of those league considerations on the play. 

He just wants to move on. 

“What’s gonna be is gonna be with that situation,” McDermott said. “The more I answer questions about that situation the longer it lingers and the more it becomes a distraction.”

Bills Hall of Famer Jim Kelly was critical of the players’ lack of reaction after the hit when he appeared on Buffalo radio Monday morning. 

“The thing that surprised me just as much … we didn’t retaliate. We didn’t go after him.

“We had three guys standing there. When you see a shot like that, I don’t care … If I’m the coach, yeah, you want to play smart, you don’t want to play dirty, you don’t want to get that penalty and all that. But boy, when you see something like that and it happens right in front of you, me as a quarterback, I might have ran over and gave him a good shot.”

McDermott disagreed with that assessment without criticizing or contradicting Kelly. 

“That’s not what I saw. I saw something other than that. I know what I saw,” McDermott said. “I’m also proud to a point of the poise we showed because that’s important as we build this thing. That we’re doing things the right way.”

“The referees handle things and then we have to play within the rules. Like I said, we’ve moved on.”

There’s a decent chance the Bills will get to move on with Tyrod Taylor remaining under center. 

McDermott revealed Taylor has no ligament damage and only a patella tendon contusion. He’s listed as day to day. 

The injury occurred on the first series of the game and Taylor played through it for nearly three full quarters. McDermott did not regret that decision. 

“Based on information we were getting from him and our medical staff at the time, it was right decision,” McDermott said.

He added that Taylor will remain the Bills starting quarterback, if healthy. The only discussion about removing Taylor from the game against the Patriots was on a medical basis, not a production basis.

As to whether “healthy” will be the case Sunday: “We’ll take it one day at a time right now. Everything is a bit fluid,” McDermott said. 

Travaris Cadet and White remain in concussion protocol after Sunday’s game. Shaq Lawson has a more serious ankle injury because he received a “week to week” designation from McDermott. 

Kelvin Benjamin seems promising to be in uniform for the Bills Sunday. McDermott said he was on the right track, but would not discuss anything beyond practicing Wednesday. 

Mike Tolbert and Nick O’Leary should also return to practice Wednesday. 

There was no change in the status of Cordy Glenn, positive or negative. The question to McDermott about Glenn Monday was phrased as “are you thinking about shutting him down?” McDermott’s reply was flatly, “no”, but he did not offer any indication that Glenn would be available sometime soon, either. 

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