Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen is officially questionable for the team’s Week 10 home game against the Minnesota Vikings.
But on Friday, Bills head coach Sean McDermott offered a very specific injury update on the star quarterback. Rather than state he’s “questionable” or “day to day”, McDermott said that the 26-year-old is “hour by “hour, via NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Allen injured the elbow in his right throwing arm late in the team’s Week 9 road loss to the New York Jets. Allen was sidelined for four games in his 2018 rookie year with a UCL injury, but he otherwise hasn’t missed any time to injury.
Sunday’s game against the Vikings could carry significant playoff implications for both teams. The Bills and Kansas City Chiefs are tied for the top record in the AFC at 6-2, while the Vikings sit second in the NFC with a 7-1 record.
Minny’s only loss came to the 8-0 Philadelphia Eagles, so when you factor in the head-to-head tiebreak, the Vikings are essentially two games out of first place. A loss to Buffalo would put a serious dent in Minnesota’s hopes for winning the conference’s top seed.
Allen is in the running for the 2022 league MVP award. He has completed 64.1 percent of pass attempts for 2,403 yards and 19 touchdowns against eight interceptions to go along with 392 rushing yards and four rushing scores.
The Bills are just half a game up on the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins (6-3) for first in the AFC East. The New England Patriots, sitting at 5-4, are also very much in the running.
If Allen doesn’t start, backup Case Keenum will get the nod against his former team. Keenum has a special place in Minnesota sports lore, having thrown the “Minneapolis Miracle” pass to Stefon Diggs against the New Orleans Saints in the waning seconds of the 2017 NFC Divisional Round.