Bills’ Josh Allen in good position after playing with a UCL injury

BUFFALO, NY — Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott said quarterback Josh Allen came out of the team’s 33-30 overtime loss to the Minnesota Vikings in a “good place” with his right elbow injury and that the team ” will see where he’s going’ when it comes to attending this week’s practice.

Allen and McDermott said after the game that he was unaffected by the right elbow injury to the ulnar collateral ligament and associated nerves that had limited him during the first two days of practice and on Friday.

“We’re only one day at a time,” McDermott said of Allen. The quarterback was also down for several seconds after throwing his first of two interceptions against the Vikings in the fourth quarter/overtime. McDermott said Allen was frustrated with the selection and ended up trying to tackle Patrick Peterson but was fine. McDermott said: “[Allen] took a second to gather himself there a little.”

Allen completed 29 of 43 passes for 330 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, and rushed for 84 yards on six carries. He made several mistakes in the second half/overtime loss, including fumbling the ball on a botched snap with center Mitch Morse late in the fourth quarter when the Bills just had to tick off the clock.

“I think it was just one of those where he’s going and the ball is just a little bit off kilter where Josh couldn’t get to it,” offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey said of the game. “And then the ball comes down. While we try to smuggle him out of there. I think it was a perfect storm.

Dorsey said that for the most part, playcalling wasn’t limited by Allen’s injury and that he was able to make the necessary throws. The only games that got pulled off the schedule were the ones he wasn’t that comfortable with due to a lack of reputation or concepts he wasn’t comfortable with in general.

“We’re going to look and make sure we’re doing the right things for them [Allen] and in terms of telephoning [the game,]said Dorsey. “…I think that’s just something that at the end of the day is going to be a part of us to move forward.”

Bills’ defense was without several starters in the loss to the Vikings, including safe Jordan Poyer and defensive end Greg Rousseau, and it showed. Bill’s cornerback Tre’Davious White has been a healthy scratch in his last two games after rejoining the 53-man roster while recovering from a cruciate ligament tear he sustained last Thanksgiving. He hasn’t been included in the injury report once since his return, which means he’s physically fit and playing to the full.

“He’s just not in a position where he’s ready and we’re going to keep taking it one day,” McDermott said.

Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said White is “getting closer” to the return. Linebacker Tremaine Edmunds sustained a groin injury in the loss and did not return. His availability for the upcoming Bills-Cleveland Browns game (1 p.m. CBS) remains to be seen.

Wide receiver Jake Kumerow also suffers from an ankle injury every week.

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