The upset New York Jets might not be the worst thing facing the Buffalo Bills right now.
Quarterback Josh Allen was injured on the final practice of the second half when Jets defensive end Bryce Huff hit him in the forearm as he threw, prompting a fumble that the Bills would recover. On the next play, Allen immediately jerked his arm after attempting a pass.
Now he is being assessed for what appears to be a UCL injury with related nerve damage, according to ESPN. Head coach Sean McDermott said the team hopes to get better information on Allen on Tuesday.
His status for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings is unknown.
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As ESPN added, there is a wide range of outcomes that can result from this type of injury and only test results will paint the full picture.
Allen might not have found himself in this situation had he played better, which he said he needed to do for his team after the 20-17 loss at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
“It’s hard to win in this league when you’re playing against a good team and your quarterback is playing like s—,” Allen said bluntly during his postgame presser. “I made some bad decisions tonight, and it really cost our team. [There’s] a lot to learn, a lot to develop. But that’s not the standard we hold ourselves to. It’s not the ball we play.”
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“I just have to execute better. It’s up to me,” he continued.
Allen has gone 18 of 34 for 205 yards as the Bills are 0-2 in divisional play so far this season (they previously lost to the Miami Dolphins on the road).
But while Allen wanted to take all the blame for the loss, his teammates wouldn’t let him.
“I would do anything for Josh. I would kill for Josh. I would give Josh my last finger,” offensive tackle Dion Dawkins said. “Anyway. And a quarterback like that is going to put all the losses on his back when he doesn’t have to. … You know, Josh is the best quarterback in the league, and he always comes out there and says what he says, he loves us and we love him.
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Stefon Diggs added: “Good things will happen, bad things will happen. We’ve seen Josh make a lot of plays. He made a lot of plays today. It’s nothing totally on him. Offensively we’re working as a unit. The turnovers are going to happen. Our quarterback is the best quarterback in the league.
The Bills really think Allen is the best signalman in the game, which is why his loss would be huge for Buffalo. They still lead the AFC East 6-2 this season, but the Jets (6-3) and Dolphins (6-3) are hot on their heels.
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The Bills have the very capable Case Keenum to back Allen. Keenum hasn’t started a game since the 2021 season when he was with the Cleveland Browns, where he won in Week 7 against the Denver Broncos and Week 18 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report.