Josh Allen finally practiced on Friday for the first time this week, but is officially listed as questionable for Sunday’s home game against the Minnesota Vikings.
The Buffalo Bills quarterback was spotted on the field when the media entered the field house following practice, but when he saw the group walking in, he picked up his equipment off the turf and took off running for a door into the facility.
“No brace or sleeve seen on right elbow, but appears to be taped. Once he notices media inside the team’s fieldhouse, Allen runs off to locker room,” team insider Jon Scott reports.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said earlier this week that Allen has a sprained UCL in the throwing elbow. He hasn’t been ruled out just yet as they will likely wait until the last moment to do so to keep their next opponent guessing whether Allen or Case Keenum will be playing.
Allen suffered the injury during Buffalo’s 20-17 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday.
If Allen can’t play on Sunday, McDermott said the Bills have planned for that possibility throughout the week.
“I think the other thing you have to layer in now is potential for weather come game day,” McDermott said. “And here we go with that in terms of that could be the case for the rest of the season. So we do the best we can. At the end of the day, Josh needs to be Josh, if he’s able to play. And if Case (Keenum) plays, then Case needs to be Case and run the offense.”
The Bills are dealing with a number of injuries heading into the weekend. Safety Jordan Poyer and defensive end Greg Rousseau were ruled out on Friday.
Allen has thrown for 2,403 yards, 19 touchdowns and has completed 64.1 percent of his pass attempts in eight games. He also leads the Bills with 392 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns.
He has been one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL since the 2020 season and is on the shortlist of MVP contenders in 2022.