Bills taking it day by day with Josh Allen's injury
Bills head coach Sean McDermott shared a brief update on the status of quarterback Josh Allen who sustained an elbow injury at the end of Sunday's game against the Jets on a strip sack play.
McDermott said there's no definitive news on Allen who is undergoing tests Monday to determine the next steps.
"We're just going through it, still evaluating. We'll see where it goes. I'll know more in the next 24 hours," McDermott said.
Despite the uncertainty, McDermott said that Allen's competitive nature is one thing the team can depend on but his status moving forward is still unclear at this time.
"He loves to compete, he loves to be out there with his teammates, so I would never count him out. That's the one thing I do know about him is that right now. The medical piece we're still evaluating and I'll know more — again for myself even — tomorrow morning a little bit more," McDermott said.
Rousseau week-to-week while others are improving
Shortly after McDermott updated Allen's status, he confirmed earlier reports from Monday that DE Greg Rousseau will be out week-to-week with a high ankle sprain that occurred during Sunday's game against the Jets.
The second-year player out of Miami had been an important contributor to the defensive line this season, racking up a career-high five sacks across the first eight games.
On the positive side, McDermott said that LB Matt Milano, who missed the game with an oblique injury, "is improving" as is CB Tre'Davious White who was activated to the 53-man roster last week but was inactive for Sunday at the Jets.
Both Milano's and White's status for this week against the Vikings will be updated throughout the week as the team gets back to practice.
Dorsey working to find consistency in the offense
The Bills offense has hit a rut over their last six quarters. Since the start of the second half against Green Bay, Buffalo has failed to score a touchdown on 11 of their last 13 drives and four of those drives have ended in a turnover.
Further, the team hit season-lows in these categories against the Jets:
- Points (17)
- First downs (19)
- Total yards (317)
- Passing yards (183)
Mid-season slumps aren't a new hurdle for the Bills over the last several years and offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey is hoping to put the team's wide receivers (Diggs, Davis, McKenzie, etc) in more favorable circumstances to contribute.
"I think we've just got to do a good job of getting them in the right positions to help us make plays. I think they're playing their tail off. I think it's sometimes the flow of the game and the way things go," Dorsey explained.
"That's a cumulative effort from all of us to make sure that we're staying balanced in everything that we do, whether it's play calling, whether it's spreading the ball around -- all those different aspects."
While the Allen-Diggs combo has been as good a duo in the NFL this season, the Bills saw Sunday what happens when the offense gets out of rhythm or the opposing defense tries to take away Diggs' impact. Diggs was held without a catch in the second half for the first time this season.
Dorsey says it's a delicate balance of going with what works, while also trusting Allen to get the player in the hands of the open receiver — whoever it may be.
"I think what we try to stress with Josh especially is once the plays are in, trust your reads, trust your progressions, trust your eyes and where that read takes you, then that's where you go. Don't rely on any one thing. Don't rely on any one person, and I think that's when we're at our best."
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