Bills’ Josh Allen in good place after playing with UCL injury

BUFFALO, NY – Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott said quarterback Josh Allen came out of the team’s 33-30 overtime loss to the Minnesota Vikings in a “good place” with his right elbow injury and that the team “will see where he goes.” when it comes to participating in practice this week.

Allen and McDermott said after the game he was not affected by the right elbow injury to the ulnar collateral ligament and related nerves that kept him out of the first two days of training and limited on Friday.

“We’re just one day at a time,” McDermott said of Allen. The quarterback was also on the ground for several seconds after throwing his first of two interceptions against the Vikings in the fourth quarter/overtime. McDermott said Allen was frustrated with the pick and ended up trying to tackle Patrick Peterson, but he was fine. McDermott said: “[Allen] took some time to gather there a bit.”

Allen completed 29 of 43 passes for 330 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions, and ran for 84 yards on six carries. He made multiple errors in the second half/overtime loss, including fumbled the football on a botched snap with center Mitch Morse late in the fourth quarter when the Bills simply had to run out.

“I think it was just one where he goes and the ball is just a little bit off balance where Josh couldn’t reach it,” offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey said of the game. “And then the ball comes down. As we try to sneak it out of there. I think it was kind of a perfect storm. The ball was a little off, we tried to shoot it out.”

Dorsey said the playcalling was largely unconstrained by Allen’s injury and that he was able to make the necessary pitches. The only plays cut from the scheme were those where he was not as comfortable due to a lack of reputation or concepts he was generally not good at.

“We’re going to look and make sure we’re doing the right things [Allen] and by calling [the game,]Dorsey said. “…I think that’s just something that will be a part of us moving forward at the end of the day.”

The Bills defense didn’t have multiple starters in the loss to the Vikings, including safety Jordan Poyer and defensive end Greg Rousseau, and it showed. Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White has had a healthy scratch the past two games after rejoining the 53-man roster as he recovers from a torn cruciate ligament he suffered last Thanksgiving. He has not been listed on the injury report once since his return, meaning he is physically healthy and fully competing.

“He’s just not in a position where he’s ready and we’re going to take it day by day,” McDermott said.

Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said White is “getting closer” in returning. Linebacker Tremaine Edmunds suffered a groin injury in the loss and did not return. His availability for the Bills’ upcoming game against the Cleveland Browns (1 p.m., CBS) remains to be seen.

Wide receiver Jake Kumerow also struggles with an ankle injury on a weekly basis.

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