After the Buffalo Bills fell 27-10 at home to the Cincinnati Bengals in the snow Sunday, at least one Bills’ player showed some emotion in an unusual way. With it being the Bengals moving on to the AFC Championship Game rather than the Bills, Buffalo receiver Stefon Diggs was upset. And, according to The Athletic Bills’ reporter Joe Buscaglia, Diggs initially tried to leave the stadium before some of the coaches even reached the locker room:
Bills WR Stefon Diggs darted out of the locker room with all his stuff before some of the Bills coaches were even down to the tunnel area. Practice squad RB Duke Johnson stopped Diggs before he left the stadium and brought him back to the locker room. He left a few minutes later.
— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) January 22, 2023
This came after video of Diggs yelling at Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen on the sideline took off:
Stefon Diggs exchanging some words with Josh Allen on the sideline pic.twitter.com/J2heSTBMrc
— NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) January 22, 2023
Both of those occurrences drew some comment:
The report on Stefon Diggs storming out of the stadium with all his belongings isn’t surprising. He is a very emotional person and a sore loser. He is very talented, but his actions may come off as selfish, or he is blaming others. In reality, he is just passionate. #NFLPlayoff
— Doc Louallen (@LouallenDoc) January 22, 2023
It is absolutely weak on Stefon Diggs’ part to leave the locker room before it’s open to the media. He’s a team captain and should uphold his responsibilities in that regard, instead of leaving it up to his teammates.
— Jay Skurski (@JaySkurski) January 22, 2023
But Bills’ head coach Sean McDermott was diplomatic in his own comments on Diggs:
Sean McDermott said Stefon Diggs was in the locker room when McDermott addressed the team, “that’s what matters most”#billsmafia
— Jenna Cottrell (@JennaCottrell) January 23, 2023
“He’s a competitive guy. That’s what makes him great. What you saw… I wouldn’t want a guy that doesn’t hurt.”
-Sean McDermott on Stefon Diggs
— Dan Fetes (@danfetes) January 23, 2023
And Allen was conciliatory towards Diggs in answering a question about the sideline exchange:
What was Stefon Diggs saying to Josh Allen on his sideline outburst?
— Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis) January 23, 2023
Diggs (seen at top during this game) had 108 receptions for a team-high 1,429 yards (fifth in the league) and 11 touchdowns this season. In this snowy playoff game against the Bengals, though, he was only targeted 10 times and only wound up with four catches for 35 yards.
We’ll see if there’s any further fallout that comes from Diggs’ actions here. There was some talk about the team possibly trading him this past offseason, but they instead signed him to a four-year, $104-million extension through 2027.
[Joe Buscalgia on Twitter; photo from Mark Konezny/USA Today Sports]