Head coach Sean McDermott said Monday that Allen (elbow), if healthy, will return to the starting lineup in Week 12 following Buffalo's Week 11 bye.
Allen has been out of commission since Week 6 due to an elbow injury. With Derek Anderson (concussion) also unavailable and Nathan Peterman getting benched after throwing three picks against Chicago, the Bills turned to veteran Matt Barkley to command the offense for Sunday's 41-10 demolishing of the Jets. However, despite Barkley's impressive play, Buffalo is still committed to Allen's development, and it's now clear that the rookie will get as many reps as his health will allow. Fortunately, McDermott said that Allen has resumed throwing and is making progress in his recovery, which suggests Allen has decent odds of making a return when the Bills reconvene for a Week 12 game against Jacksonville.
Coach Sean McDermott says he's undecided on his Week 12 starting quarterback after Allen's (elbow) teammate Matt Barkley led the Bills to a surprise win Sunday over the Jets, Kyle Silagyi of the Bills' official site reports. "Yeah, give me some time here on that," McDermott said. "We'll reassess [Monday] when we get in and look at the film. I'm just proud of the guys, really, the way they battled [Sunday]. The week before the bye, in particular, to be focused and come out with that type of energy says a lot about them."
Allen, who's now missed four games after suffering an elbow injury in the Week 6 loss to the Texans, was close to being ready for Sunday's start but the team decided to play it safe and roll with the journeyman Barkley, who tossed for 232 yards and two touchdowns (no interceptions) with an impressive 9.3 yards per attempt. Make no mistake, Allen is the long-term starter, but the Buffalo offense showed a spark for one of the only times all season Sunday, with Barkley looking more polished than anyone could have expected in his first start in two seasons. It'll be interesting to see how the Bills manage the practice reps over the bye leading up to a Week 12 match against the Jaguars, though one thing's for sure -- Derek Anderson (concussion) and Nathan Peterman won't be starting again anytime soon.
Allen maintained a limited listing on Bills injury reports all week, earning a "questionable" tag Friday. Just one day later, though, the Bills ruled out the rookie signal-caller due to his sprained right elbow. Allen will join Derek Anderson (concussion) on the inactive list Sunday against the Jets, giving Matt Barkley a chance to start for the first time since 2016, with Nathan Peterman acting as the backup. Allen will use the upcoming bye to get even healthier in order to make an appearance Nov. 25 versus the Jaguars.
Allen (elbow) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jets, according to the team's site.
Allen managed to practice in a limited capacity all week, but the rookie signal caller evidently isn't healthy enough to start Sunday's game, or at least the Bills don't want to put their franchise QB at risk with a bye coming up. This opens the door for Matt Barkley to make his first start since 2016. Nathan Peterman is expected to act as Barkley's backup while Allen will aim to play in Week 12 against the Jaguars following the Week 11 bye.
Allen (elbow) is listed as questionable for Sunday's road game against the Jets.
Allen was a limited practice participant all week, marking his first activity since spraining his right throwing elbow Week 6. With a "questionable" tag for the Bills' upcoming visit to New York, he has a chance to return, though coach Sean McDermott told Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com that the rookie's health is paramount, suggesting his status will come down to a game-time decision. The Bills have ruled out Derek Anderson (concussion), so the remaining quarterback options for this contest are the uninspiring Nathan Peterman and Matt Barkley.
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