It was an elbow injury that kept Josh Allen from finishing Sunday’s game against the Texans. On Monday, head coach Sean McDermott provided an update on Allen’s condition.
“Josh Allen will be week to week,” said McDermott. “At this point I’ll leave it up to the docs. It’s a week to week situation.”
When asked if Allen is a long shot to play on Sunday, Buffalo’s head coach said he’s leaving all options on the table including his rookie signal caller.
“We’ll see. I’ll know a little bit more (Tuesday), just with communication from the docs and seeing how Josh is overnight. Just take it one day at a time.”
McDermott maintained that he still has confidence in Nathan Peterman going forward despite his two turnovers late in the game against Houston.
Other injuries included Taiwan Jones, who like Allen was designated as week to week. Vladimir Ducasse, who left Sunday’s game with a knee injury was labeled day to day as was DE Trent Murphy with an undisclosed injury.
Anderson working to get up to speed
The other option in the event that Josh Allen can’t play Sunday at Indianapolis is newly acquired QB Derek Anderson. Despite being a 13-year veteran, there is a learning curve he still must travel having only been with the club for six days.
“I think the newness, whether it’s the offense to some extent, the players he’d be working with,” said McDermott. “It’s just the familiarity and the trust you build over the course of reps. So that’s the challenge.”
Anderson has been putting in extra time in an effort to familiarize himself with the playbook.
“He’s a work in progress having joined us last week,” McDermott said. “He’s working hard with our quarterbacks coach (David Culley) and Brian (Daboll) to get up to speed.”
Special teams must raise level of play
Buffalo’s special teams unit had a tough day in Houston as a couple of their miscues led to 10 points for the Texans in what wound up being a seven-point game at the end.
“You start with taking care of the football,” said McDermott. “You can’t put the football on the turf and expect to win games and create less than ideal field position for our team. Then protection on the punt. We’ve got to make sure we protect and give ourselves a chance to execute there. There were some good moments, but not enough overall to win the game.”
For a team that is making incremental progress on offense with a rookie quarterback, strong special teams is essential to aid in the field position game. Coach McDermott is hoping that unit can get back to more consistent play on the return, coverage and kick units.
“We have built this roster, so we can establish field position and play good, solid special teams and we haven’t done that the last two weeks,” he said. “We have to get back to doing that.”