Quick Hits: Taylor has knee contusion

Posted Dec 4, 2017

It looks like Tyrod Taylor has avoided a serious knee injury. He's listed as day to day after suffering no ligament damage as he's been diagnosed with a patellar tendon contusion.

Taylor has knee contusion
Considering that Tyrod Taylor was carted off the field in the fourth quarter, the diagnosis of his injury Monday was an encouraging one.

“Tyrod Taylor is day to day,” said head coach Sean McDermott. “He has a patellar tendon contusion. The ligaments are fine.”

Taylor was injured on the first play of the game when Patriots LB David Harris caught him from behind as Taylor ran to the left sideline. The quarterback was shaken up on the play and hobbled back to the huddle. After the first drive, he retreated to the medical tent for further examination, but insisted he could continue playing.

Come the fourth quarter however, the pain in his knee was too much to bear any longer, after a series of hits over the course of the game. He was removed from the game and rookie Nathan Peterman finished up.

Moving forward McDermott made it plain that Taylor remains the starting quarterback provided he’s fit to play.

“When healthy Tyrod is our quarterback this week,” he said. “We’ll see. We’ll take it one day at a time right now. Everything is a little bit fluid right now. It’s Monday and we’re in the early stages of the medical evaluation and all that stuff. We’ll just take it one day at a time.”

If Taylor is unfit to practice most of the week it’ll become more likely that Peterman makes his second career start against Indianapolis.

Lawson week to week, two players in concussion protocol
Of all the injuries on Sunday, the one suffered by Shaq Lawson appears to be the most serious. Lawson got his right leg rolled up on a goal line play in the second half Sunday against the Patriots and limped off the field. He did not return to the game.

“Shaq Lawson is going to be listed as week to week with an ankle sprain,” said McDermott.

That makes it unlikely that Lawson will play Sunday against the Colts. Buffalo may need to make a roster move with only Ryan Davis and Jerry Hughes healthy at the defensive end position.

Meanwhile Tre’Davious White isn’t the only Bills player in the concussion protocol after Sunday’s game. RB Travaris Cadet is also in the concussion protocol as symptoms apparently showed up overnight.

Benjamin, O’Leary, Tolbert all to practice
On the positive side of the ledger it looks like Kelvin Benjamin, Nick O’Leary and Mike Tolbert will all be able to practice this week.

“Outlook looks good,” said McDermott of Benjamin. “We’ll still take it one day at a time, but we feel coming off of last week that he’s in a good position to practice as we get started this week.”

O’Leary, who missed Sunday’s game with a bad back, and Mike Tolbert, who missed the last three games with a hamstring injury are also going to get back on the practice field.