Buffalo rookie quarterback Josh Allen received a second opinion on the sprained elbow he suffered in Sunday's game, and Dr. James Andrews said Allen won’t need surgery, but will miss two or three games, and be on a week-to-week basis after that, according to multiple reports.
The damage is to Allen’s ulnar collateral ligament.
Allen was injured late in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against Houston when he was hit on the right elbow on back-to-back plays. After the game, Bills head coach Sean McDermott said they were cheap shots by the Texans.
NFL Network reported Allen underwent an MRI on his right elbow on Monday, and compared his situation to Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, who lost feeling in his hand briefly after a similar hit.
Nathan Peterman, who started the season opener but was quickly replaced by Allen for the second game of the season, took over in the second half last Sunday. He is a candidate to fill-in if Allen can’t play this week, but the Bills also are trying to speed up work with Derek Anderson, a 13-year veteran they signed last week to help develop Allen.
“I think the newness, whether it’s the offense to some extent, the players he’d be working with,” said McDermott. “It’s just the familiarity and the trust you build over the course of reps. So that’s the challenge.”
Anderson has been putting in extra time in an effort to familiarize himself with the play book.
“He’s a work in progress having joined us last week,” McDermott said. “He’s working hard with our quarterbacks coach (David Culley) and Brian (Daboll) to get up to speed.”