Allen practices in full on Monday

Head coach Sean McDermott says Josh Allen is likely to start this week against the Jaguars

Brayton Wilson
November 19, 2018 - 10:39 am

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Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen is one step closer to returning to the starting lineup.

On Monday, head coach Sean McDermott said that Allen will practice as a full participant as he continues his road back from a sprained right elbow. The 22-year-old practiced on a limited basis for the entire week before the Week 10 matchup with the New York Jets, but was unable to dress for the game.

It is the first time that Allen has practiced in full since suffering the injury during the third quarter of the team's Week 6 loss to the Houston Texans.

McDermott also said that while Allen has not been fully cleared yet by the medical staff, he is likely to start this week when the Bills host the Jacksonville Jaguars at New Era Field.

"At this point, we're just going to continue to take things one day at a time," McDermott said at his regular Monday press conference. "We'll just see how he looks today. He's had some good rehab sessions, and our medical staff and strength and conditioning staff have done a phenomenal job."

"I'm excited to see him back on the field, excited to see our team back on the field today for a few reps just to get them warmed up."

In six games this season, Allen has gone 2-3 as the starter while completing 75-of-139 passes for 832 yards, two touchdowns and five interceptions. Allen's best performance this season came in a 27-6 win over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3 of the season at U.S. Bank Stadium. In that game, Allen threw for 196 yards on 15-of-22 passing and a touchdown. Allen also ran 10 times in that game for 39 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

As for other injury news, quarterback Derek Anderson did not practice as he remains in the concussion protocol. Anderson suffered the concussion late in the Bills' Monday Night Football loss to the New England Patriots back on October 29. If he is unable to return this week, that means Matt Barkley would likely be the backup to Allen.

Also not practicing on Monday was tight end Charles Clay, who continues to deal with a hamstring injury. Clay has been out of action since suffering the injury during the 41-9 loss to the Chicago Bears in Week 9.

However, there is some good news surrounding linebacker Matt Milano (concussion) and defensive end Trent Murphy (knee) as both players practiced on Monday on a limited basis.

Milano left the Bills' 41-10 win over the Jets after suffering the concussion early in the fourth quarter. He practiced in a red non-contact jersey with the rest of the linebacker group on Monday.

As for Murphy, he's missed the past three games with his knee injury that came in the Week 7 matchup with the Indianapolis Colts. He was in regular colors on the field with his teammates, but was sporting a brace on his injured knee.

McDermott also addressed the release of second-year quarterback Nathan Peterman, who lost the starting role to Barkley with both Anderson and Allen out of action against the Jets. McDermott said it was tough to let go of a great person in the locker room.

"Nate did everything that was asked," McDermott said. "He's a class act through and through. Certainly appreciate everything - all the effort he gave when he was here. To carry four quarterbacks is a little bit unique for any extended period of time. So getting Josh to the point to where he is allowed us to make a move there."

"We certainly wish Nate and his family the best. As I had mentioned, they're class all the way through."

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