DETROIT, Mich. (WTVA/NFL.com) - Former Mississippi State Bulldog Chris White was traded to the Detroit Lions on Sunday evening. In exchange, the Buffalo Bills acquired quarterback Thaddeus Lewis.
White was drafted in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft by Buffalo and appeared in 22 games for the Bills over his two seasons in upstate New York, spending much of his playing time on special teams. White recorded 11 tackles in 2012 and has 19 tackles in his career.
After the trade was announced, White released a statement on his Twitter account, saying:
"Would like to thank the @buffalobills organization for giving me an opportunity to play in the nfl (sic). I have enjoyed two years here and wish ... The team the best in the future."
Shortly after, White added: "Heading to Detroit! Looking forward to it!"
From the Bills' perspective, it's an apparent concession that Kevin Kolb has no timetable for a return. In fact, it would not be a surprise if Kolb spends time contemplating his NFL future after yet another head injury. It took months - not weeks - to recover from his late-season 2011 concussion.
While coach Doug Marrone still is holding out hope that rookie EJ Manuel will recover from knee surgery in time to start the season opener versus the New England Patriots, the acquisition of Lewis is a tacit acknowledgement that it's far from a given.