Bills' Anderson has cleared concussion protocol

Derek Anderson could be the No. 2 quarterback this Sunday against the Lions

Sal Capaccio
December 14, 2018 - 12:49 pm

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After entering the concussion protocol following the Monday Night Football game with the New England Patriots back in October, Buffalo Bills quarterback Derek Anderson is finally able to suit up once again.

Head coach Sean McDermott made the announcement on Friday that Anderson, who was injured late in the October 29th matchup with the Patriots, has cleared the league’s concussion protocol.

The veteran quarterback had been participating in practice on a limited basis for several weeks, but was still not cleared to play in any games. That changed on Friday, yet McDermott would not commit to Anderson or Matt Barkley as the backup to Josh Allen on Sunday when his team plays the Detroit Lions at New Era Field.

“We’ll see. We’ll take it one day at a time right now. I want to get him back going and making sure he comes out good here,” McDermott said when asked if Anderson would take over the No. 2 role.

While Anderson has cleared the protocol, cornerback Ryan Lewis has not and was officially declared out for the game by McDermott, who also said that running back LeSean McCoy would do “more today than he did yesterday” at practice. McCoy was limited Thursday after leaving last week’s game with a hamstring injury.  

Whether McCoy can play or not, running back Keith Ford, promoted to the 53-man roster from the practice squad earlier this week, may get an opportunity to play this week. McDermott said he thought Ford had a good practice Thursday and will weigh McCoy’s situation and wanting to get an evaluation on some younger players as they make roster decisions for the game.

Kicker Stephen Hauschka, dealing with a hip injury, “should be fine” for the game, according to McDermott.

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