As it stands, the Buffalo Bills are reeling a bit from a 34-31 loss to the Tennessee Titans in Week 6 that ended in unfortunate fashion in the last few seconds of the game, but the contest itself may not be the only thing they lost on Monday night. Dawson Knox, one of the most talented offensive weapons for quarterback Josh Allen, had surgery on Tuesday to repair a broken hand and is expected to miss some time, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The length of time Knox is expected to miss is currently unknown.
Knox suffered the injury prior to throwing a two-point conversion to Allen with 31 seconds remaining in the third quarter, giving the Bills a seven-point lead at the time. Allen, seemingly knowing something wasn't quite right with his tight end, reportedly attempted to call the play off but went through with it after Knox insisted.
"That's why we love him," said Allen after the game, via the team's website.
The Bills will head back to Buffalo licking their wounds after coming up just short in the final seconds of the fourth quarter, when the Titans stopped Allen on a quarterback sneak that would've handed Tennessee a loss at Nissan Stadium -- in a game that saw seven lead changes before it was over, tying the record for the most lead changes in a Monday night game, per Elias Sports Bureau. The call by head coach Sean McDermott was and will be questioned going forward, versus choosing to kick the game-tying field goal to force overtime, but McDermott is unapologetic and explained his thought process.
"I owe it to my players," he said. "I believe in my players."
The fortitude by Knox to stay in the game after breaking a bone in his hand goes to why McDermott is so confident in what his roster is capable of, along with the fact they win far more games lately than they lose. It's all about taking a moment to reset during the bye week, still atop the AFC East, and monitoring the progress of Knox in the hopes one of Allen's best weapons isn't sidelined when the Bills and Dolphins take the field on Oct. 31.