The Bills look like they’ll have their rookie quarterback back in the lineup on Sunday. After missing the last four games with an elbow injury suffered in Week 6, Josh Allen practiced fully all week and will start against the Jacksonville Jaguars this weekend.
“It feels really good. The elbow is feeling a lot better than what it was,” said Allen. “To get out here and get time with our guys, start running plays with our offense, and really game planning for Sunday, it’s been awesome. Sitting out is no fun for anybody; I hate that part of this game of football, but it feels good to be back.”
Allen will have some new weapons to make use of in his receiving corps. Isaiah McKenzie and Deonte Thompson were additions to the roster during the time when the quarterback was still working his way back from his elbow injury.
“Deonte (Thompson) has been here. He was here last year,” said Allen. “He’s a big guy in the locker room. A lot of guys talk very highly of him. I’m excited to see what he can do for us. Talking to him he seems like a team guy. He’s very positive and has the right attitude for this team. We add Isaiah (McKenzie) and Robert (Foster) comes in and makes some plays. Our receivers made a lot of plays in that last game.”
QB Derek Anderson is out for Sunday’s game as he still has not cleared concussion protocol. Matt Barkley is expected to serve as Allen’s backup this weekend.
On the defensive side of the ball, nickel CB Taron Johnson, who has been playing through a shoulder injury all season was limited to non-contact practice all week and is questionable for Sunday. If he can’t line up in the slot, it’s uncertain who would take his place.
The most likely candidate would be Rafael Bush, who played there earlier in the season.
Shaq Lawson was a question mark after suffering an elbow injury of his own in practice Tuesday. He did not practice Wednesday or Thursday, but did practice on a limited basis Friday and is questionable.
Fellow DE Trent Murphy has been limited all week in practice as he tries to return from a knee injury that kept him out the last three games. He’s listed as questionable, but insists he’s going to play against Jacksonville.
OUT QB Derek Anderson – concussion
DOUBTFUL TE Charles Clay – hamstring
QUESTIONABLE C Russell Bodine – shoulder
CB Taron Johnson – shoulder
DE Shaq Lawson – elbow
DE Trent Murphy - knee
The Jaguars could be without a couple of key offensive linemen on Sunday. Already declared out is LT Josh Walker, so backup Ereck Flowers is expected to start in his place. Starting RG AJ Cann has been limited all week by a hamstring injury and is questionable. Jacksonville is already playing with a backup center in Tyler Shatley.
On the defensive side of the ball DT Marcell Dareus is questionable with a back injury. He was able to practice on a limited basis Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday.
OUT WR D.J. Chark – quadricep
CB Quenton Meeks – knee
LB Lerentee McCray – hamstring
LT Josh Walker – foot/ankle
QUESTIONABLE DT Eli Ankou – calf
RG AJ Cann – hamstring
DT Marcell Dareus - back