Tyrod to start Sunday; Peterman still in protocolThe Bills quarterback situation came into a bit better focus Friday as head coach Sean McDermott confirmed that Tyrod Taylor will start on Sunday against the Dolphins.
"Tyrod is in a situation where he's good to go and will start Sunday against the Dolphins for us," he said.
Taylor's backup Nate Peterman however, remains in concussion protocol. The rookie practiced on a limited basis Wednesday and fully on Thursday, but has still not reached the final step of the return-to-participation protocol, which is medical clearance and full football activity.
"We'll continue to monitor that going forward," said McDermott of Peterman.
McDermott did leave open the possibility that Peterman could pass the remaining tests required for medical clearance prior to Sunday's game, but at this point in time Joe Webb will serve as the number two quarterback Sunday.
Cordy Glenn placed on I-R; will have surgeryOffensive tackle Cordy Glenn has had a trying 2017 season. Battling foot and ankle problems since training camp, Glenn was shut down for the rest of the year and will have surgery.
"Cordy has had a frustrating year overall. We realize his talent and he's going to have a procedure in the near future with Dr. Bob Anderson, one of the best in the world at what he does," said McDermott. "The whole goal is to get Cordy into a place where he's ready to go for the offseason program and can have a productive offseason, put it behind him and move forward."
The strength and conditioning staff and athletic trainers worked tirelessly to get Glenn back out on the field after he left the lineup in Week 9, and he practiced each of the past two weeks as it looked as though progress was being made. Apparently not enough progress however, to get him back on the playing field.
"We thought we could get him back and we were moving in that direction a couple of different times," McDermott said. "He was back and played well, but as we got into the last quarter of the season we felt it was the right thing to do for him and moving forward for our team. He's a good football player and just to get him ready to go for that offseason program similar to some of the other players we've done that with."
Matthews knee and ankle surgery successfulWR Jordan Matthews documented the knee and ankle surgery he underwent on Thursday on his Instagram account, photos and all. On Friday, coach McDermott explained how the decision was reached to put Matthews on I-R back on Dec. 5th.
"You watched Jordan over the season and he's toughed it out at times being out there and not really able to execute at his maximum potential," said McDermott. "We just felt like it was a situation where it was right for him. We're always going to try to do the right thing by the player first. I had a conversation with Jordan and we feel good about it and happy for him that he's going to get a chance to get his thing cleaned up and ready to go."
Matthews had a star-crossed first season with the Bills. He suffered a chip fracture in his sternum in his first practice with the team at training camp. Matthews also needed thumb surgery after he injured it against Atlanta in Week 4.
However, in the 12 weeks that Matthews was on the active roster, he missed just two games.
"I appreciate the fact that he tried to push through some of this," said McDermott. "In the end we decided it was best for us to move in this direction and he did as well."