The Buffalo Bills got more than a loss in the standings when they fell to the New York Jets on Sunday.
Quarterback Josh Allen is being evaluated for an elbow injury to the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) and related nerves suffered on the Bills’ final drive of the game. His status is uncertain for Buffalo’s Week 10 game against the Minnesota Vikings, but NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the injury may not keep him off the field for any missed time.
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Allen suffered the injury in the fourth quarter when Jets defensive lineman Bryce Huff got a hit during the QB’s throwing motion, resulting in a strip sack recovered by the Bills.
The injury did not stop Allen from unleashing one last rocket against the Jets. On the Bills’ final play, the quarterback launched a deep ball to wide receiver Gabe Davis that traveled 69.3 air yards, making it the longest pass attempt in the past six seasons across the NFL. The ball fell to the ground, cementing a 20-17 upset victory for the Jets.
Depending on severity, a UCL injury could take weeks or months to recover from. Rapoport added Wednesday that Allen's injury is a sprained right elbow that the team hopes he can "manage" going forward.
The Bills already had their bye in Week 7, meaning they will play every week for the rest of the season. After their Week 10 contest against the Vikings, they have a matchup against the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 20 and a Thanksgiving tilt against the Detroit Lions.
Should Allen miss any time, backup Case Keenum would be next in line to start at quarterback.