The Buffalo Bills (6-2) have a huge matchup with the Minnesota Vikings (7-1), so they need all the good news they can get.
Well, fortunately for both the team and Bills Mafia, that’s exactly what they received early Sunday morning.
Per ESPN‘s Adam Schefter, the belief is Bills quarterback Josh Allen will start against the Vikings on Sunday. Allen’s status has been one of the NFL’s hottest mysteries over the past week after he injured his elbow against the New York Jets (6-3) in Week 9.
Schefter wrote the following Sunday morning:
“Bills officials spent intensive time this past week leaning on and listening to their doctors and other arm specialists, and the team was reassured that Allen is not at any added risk to make the injury worse if he plays Sunday against the Vikings, sources said.
With this in mind, the sources say the belief is that Allen will start Sunday, but the team has declined to confirm any final decisions and insists it is taking it “minute by minute” and doesn’t want to give the Vikings any competitive advantage by naming a starting quarterback.”
This is not a major surprise. The Bills left us with a big clue on Saturday when it was announced that the team did not elevate veteran quarterback Matt Barkley from the practice squad. Said decision made it obvious that Allen is healthy enough to take the field as an emergency backup to Case Keenum. There’s no reason Barkley stays on the practice squad if there was concern with Allen further injuring his elbow.
Allen’s injury is specified as a ulnar collateral ligament injury, per ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and it’s the same injury that cost him four games during his rookie year in 2018.
For now, it looks like Allen and the Bills have dodged that bullet, this time around.
You can check out Schefter’s full column, here.
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