The Buffalo Bills are ready to take on the Minnesota Vikings in a highly anticipated NFL matchup on Sunday. However, there’s a chance the AFC East-leading Bills will have to do without their superstar quarterback under center.
Josh Allen He has yet to practice this week due to an elbow injury he suffered in the team’s loss to New York Jets. Allen was injured on the last drive of the game when his elbow was bent in an awkward position after being hit by a defensive lineman. Bryce Huff. The hit prevented Allen’s arm from completing a full range of motion, resulting in a strip sack recovered by Buffalo.
After the game, Allen said he was dealing with “mild soreness.” On Monday he underwent tests for a UCL injury, which was related to the nerves in the elbow, ESPN reported.
It was initially reported that Allen would likely be limited in practice for the Bills this week. However, the superstar QB hasn’t practiced at all so far.
According to the NFL NetworkAllen’s sprained elbow is comparable to a baseball pitcher’s injury, in which pain tolerance and ability to catch the ball must be determined before playing.
While the NFL Network report said Allen’s injury is not major, the fact that he is hurt is one of the reasons FOX Sports’ Emmanuel Acho is concerned about the situation.
“Even if Josh Allen is healthy enough to play, he’s still going to get hurt,” Acho said on Thursday’s “Speak.” “I understand [Lesean McCoy], you and I say this all the time: “Everybody gets injured as soon as the season starts.” This is the National Football League, there will be hurts, there will be pain. But even if he’s healthy enough to play, he’s still going to get hurt.”
Allen has enjoyed a dominant season thus far. He currently ranks second in the NFL in passing yards per game (300.4) and passing touchdowns (19), and is third in yards for a quarterback (392).
The 6-2 Bills could fall out of first place in the AFC East with a loss Sunday, as both the Jets and Miami Dolphins sit at 6-3, which is the other reason Acho is concerned about the injury
“The Bills are sitting there with two losses,” Acho said. “The Dolphins have three. The Jets have three. The Patriots only have four. So if Josh Allen misses a game or two with an injury, or if the Bills miss a game or two because Josh Allen is out playing or playing poorly, then all of a sudden the Bills would be on the outside looking like this.
“That’s not far-fetched. The Bills, who are 0-2 in their division and the only team in this division without a win within that division … it’s not too far-fetched to look up in three weeks .and have the Bills be the 6th or 7th seed, as the Dolphins or Jets are the 2nd or 3rd seed. [in the AFC].”
Craig Carton of FOX Sports went so far as to say the Bills won’t win another game this season if they’re forced to play without their superstar quarterback.
Bills QB Josh Allen listed as ‘day-to-day’
Craig Carton makes a bold prediction: The Buffalo Bills won’t win another game if Josh Allen doesn’t get on the field.
Although Bills coach Sean McDermott described Allen as “day-to-day” when he addressed the media this week, Acho believes this may be one of the biggest stories of the NFL season.
“I don’t like the way it sounds,” Acho said. “I don’t like the way it sounds at all. I’m worried about the Bills for that reason. They’re my Super Bowl pick. Josh Allen is my favorite MVP. If you care about the National Football League, you care about this. story.”
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