BUFFALO, NY — Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen is being evaluated for a right elbow injury to the ulnar collateral ligament and associated nerves, a source told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
His status for the team’s game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday is uncertain.
“We’re going through this, evaluating it and we’ll see where it goes,” said coach Sean McDermott on Monday. “I’ll know more in the next 24 hours and can probably get back to you then [the media] Wednesday again.”
Allen suffered the injury during the final drive of the team’s 20-17 loss to the New York Jets. Jets defenseman Bryce Huff got past injured tackle Spencer Brown David Quessenberry and hit Allen’s throwing arm, causing Buffalo to recover a stripe sack.
The quarterback threw a low pass on the following play that missed wide receiver Stefon Diggs and was then seen holding his right elbow and attempting to shake his arm.
“There’s a bit of pain,” Allen said after the game. “But we’ll get through this.”
On the Bills’ final offensive play of the game, Allen threw up a pass 69.3 yards intended for wide receiver Gabe Davis, according to NFL NextGen Stats. According to NextGen stats, it was the longest attempt at a pass in the last six seasons.
He finished the game on 18 of 34 passes (52.9%) for 205 yards with two interceptions. All of the Jets’ five sacks met four or fewer pass rushers, a career high for the quarterback. Allen finished the game as the floor leader with nine carries for 86 yards and two points, including a career-long 36-yard touchdown.
Case Keenum is the Bills’ backup quarterback. If Allen is unable to leave, Keenum would face off against the Vikings, one of his former teams, along with Diggs, the receiver who got the “Minneapolis Miracle” reception from him.
Allen has not missed a regular-season game since his rookie year when he also sustained a UCL injury in his right elbow, which resulted in him missing four games.
“We all know Josh and how competitive he is, and he loves to compete, loves to be out there with his teammates,” McDermott said. “Well, you know, I would never rule him out. All I know about him is that we’re still evaluating the medical part at the moment. I’ll know more tomorrow, even a little bit more for me tomorrow.”
McDermott also said sophomore Greg Rousseau has struggled week in and week out with a severe ankle sprain he sustained during the loss to the Jets. He is second on the team in sacks (5).
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/34973650/source-bills-qb-josh-allen-being-evaluated-ucl-injury Bills QB Josh Allen being evaluated for UCL injury