He still isn’t a full participant in practice, but Josh Allen still had a grin on his face after getting limited work on Wednesday.
“It’s frustrating not playing for me. I’m a competitor and I’m sure a lot of other people who can’t play because of an injury or their pride or their ego, they want to be out on the field,” said Allen. “The reason I want to be out on the field is to help my team whatever way I can. When I can’t, it hurts me. To be back out here and being with the guys and putting on my helmet and strapping it up, it feels like football again.”
Allen looked comfortable during the media-viewing portion of practice, as he did not appear to be holding back at all delivering passes to receivers. The rookie signal caller felt his second practice in a limited capacity since the injury went well.
“We’re still taking it day to day. Just trying to work through if there’s any soreness or stiffness and just trying to get back in the swing of playing football again,” he said. “I was limited at practice, but it felt good throwing the ball. That’s what I love to do so I’m happy.”
Allen’s teammates were encouraged by what they saw from the rookie QB.
“He looked good. You know what type of arm he’s got. I didn’t see no slack off at all,” said Tre’Davious White. “He didn’t look any different to me. From looking in at him he looked pretty good.”
“That was good. He looked pretty good today. Very fluid, like his normal self, so that’s exciting to see. I’m sure he’s glad to be working back to 100 percent.”
Head coach Sean McDermott isn’t ruling Allen out for Sunday’s game against the Jets, but he isn’t prepared to name him the starter either.
“[We] want to see how he does,” said McDermott. “We’ll know a little more after practice. [It’s] one play, one day at a time right now.”
Benjamin added to injury report
Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin was a new addition to the injury report. During the media-viewing portion of practice, he was seen laboring a bit through the individual position drills as he had a full-length sleeve on his leg.
Benjamin was listed as limited with a knee injury.
DID NOT PRACTICE
QB Derek Anderson - concussion
TE Charles Clay – hamstring
RB Chris Ivory – shoulder
DE Trent Murphy – knee
LB Lorenzo Alexander – rest
DT Kyle Williams – rest
QB Josh Allen – right elbow
LB Tremaine Edmunds – concussion
WR Andre Holmes – neck
WR Kelvin Benjamin - knee
For the Jets the injury list is a long one, headlined by their rookie QB Sam Darnold, who did not practice with what has been reported to be a significant foot sprain. Veteran Josh McCown is expected to start in his place. The Jets top two receivers Robby Andersen and Quincy Enunwa also missed practice, though both players played last week in the loss at Miami.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
TE Neal Sterling - concussion
QB Sam Darnold - foot
WR Quincy Enunwa - ankle
DB Terrence Brooks - illness
C Spencer Long - finger/knee
WR Robby Andersen - ankle
DL Steve McClendon - ankle
LB Frankie Luvu - neck
CB Trumaine Johnson - quad
LB Kevin Pierre-Louis - foot
G James Carpenter - shoulder