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Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan said today “I certainly wouldn’t count Tyrod Taylor out” in reference to this Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. This comes after there was speculation earlier in the week that Taylor would miss up to four weeks with a sprained MCL. It was also reported earlier in the season that Taylor hadn’t been playing at 100 percent all year due to various bumps and bruises including a sprained ankle.
When Taylor was asked about if he will be available for the upcoming game against the 5-0 Bengals he said “that’s the plan.” Taylor showed serious grit in the fourth quarter of a physical win on the road last Sunday in Nashville. Although Tyrod and the rest of the offense was certainly not sharp, managing only 109 passing yards, they came through when the Bills needed it most.
It was a gritty performance by Tyrod, who took numerous hits and was under pressure all day long. The worst blow to Taylor’s health came on a horse-collar tackle by Zach Brown at the end of a 24-yard scramble, which ended up being a gain of 39 yards with the penalty. What looked like a severe injury after replays showed Brown rolling over Taylor’s leg while it was still planted into the ground, only kept Taylor out for one play. Taylor, clearly in pain, came back in and gutted out the game-winning drive.
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Sunday’s game marked the second straight game in which the Bills offense has struggled mightily for most of the afternoon. In fact, the only reason Buffalo had a chance to win either game is due to stellar defensive play despite constantly being put on the field in tough situations. However, the only stat that matters is wins, and in the NFL those are hard to come by, especially on the road.
Sure we would love to see the Bills blow teams like the Titans out, as they should, but there are no style points in the NFL.
Maybe Tyrod is healthy enough to play at a high level this weekend, or maybe he doesn’t want to give E.J. Manuel the chance to come in and take the starting job Taylor has waited years to get. No matter the motivation, Tyrod showed toughness in the win over Tennessee, and he will try to do it again this Sunday against the Bengals.