It has been quite the rollercoaster of a week for the Buffalo Bills as it appeared for the first time since 2018 that the Bills would have someone other than Josh Allen start for them at quarterback. However, that doesn’t appear to be the case as Allen is active for today’s game.
The team’s franchise quarterback suffered an elbow injury at the end of the New York Jets game in Week 9 and that put his availability in doubt for this game. He would miss the first two practices of the week but then get in a limited practice on Friday.
Prior to Friday’s practice, head coach Sean McDermott described it being an ‘hour-to-hour’ decision whether or not Josh Allen would play today. However, the Buffalo Bills gave some indication that he would yesterday afternoon when they didn’t elevate Matt Barkley from the practice squad.
If Josh Allen wasn’t able to play, it would have left the team with only one quarterback on the active roster with Case Keenum.
How will Josh Allen play in Week 10 for the Buffalo Bills?
While it is great news that Josh Allen will be able to play today, the question now shifts to how he will play. The elbow is probably still going to have some lingering effects and may not be at 100%.
It will be interesting to see if Ken Dorsey shifts his play calling at all to cut back on the number of throws Allen has to make and utilize routes that don’t put as much strain on his arm. This could mean a bigger game for the running backs, both on the ground and through the air.
The Buffalo Bills may ask Devin Singletary to run more, as he has had only three games all season with double-digit carries, but also may look to Nyheim Hines, who they traded for last week, to make plays as a pass catcher out of the backfield.
The Buffalo Bills are set to kick off against the Minnesota Vikings at 1 PM at Highmark Stadium and fans should get an answer fairly early on just how the elbow injury might impact Josh Allen today.