Allen is “week to week” with elbow injury

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Sean McDermott lists his injured plays in only two ways: day to day and week to week. 

Week to week is more serious and is much more like to involve a player missing a game or games. 

On Monday, Josh Allen was listed as week to week. 

McDermott would not give any details on the situation beyond it being an elbow injury. He thought the team would know more tomorrow. 

Allen was injured on the 39 yard connection with Kelvin Benjamin in the third quarter. He stayed in the game for just one more snap. 

“What everyone saw was he couldn’t function, so he did the smart thing and took a knee and we got someone else in there,” McDermott said.

Despite only passing for 84 yards before the injury, Allen likely would have had a second consecutive chance to play in a tight fourth quarter finish. McDermott lamented that missed opportunity. 

“That’s the hardest thing about this is him not being able to be out there to finish the game in those critical moments of the game. To get the valuable experience with the game on the line,” McDermott said.  

McDermott would not offer any clues as to who the quarterback would be Sunday in Indianapolis if Allen can’t play. 

Nate Peterman gave the Bills a lead with a touchdown pass to Zay Jones in the fourth quarter, but also lost the game for Buffalo with two late interceptions. 

McDermott showed no fear at the idea of Peterman going back in, if necessary. 

“I’m confident in every football player on our football team,” McDermott said. “With Nate, it’s no different.”

Derek Anderson is a 35 year-old veteran and should be able to provide a steady hand, but it’s not certain if he’s comfortable enough yet with the Bills offense to play. He was only signed last Tuesday. 

“He’s a work in progress and working hard to get up to speed,” McDermott said of Anderson. The quarterback decision is “something we’re working through now with our offensive staff.”

McDermott said Anderson still needs to build familiarity and trust with the rest of the offense. 

There won’t be a choice D for the Bills at quarterback. McDermott called the prospect of bringing someone else in at quarterback from outside the organization “a longshot”.

McDermott understands the angst from Bills fans at the prospect of another game with Peterman under center. However, he won’t be worried about it. 

“I’ve got to do what’s best for the football team going forward.” 

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