Bills name Anderson the starting quarterback for Sunday

Rookie quarterback Josh Allen has a sprained elbow

Sal Capaccio
October 17, 2018 - 12:05 pm

Photo: Chuck Cook - USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott announced Wednesday morning that 13-year NFL veteran Derek Anderson would be starting under center this Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. Anderson was signed to the team just over a week ago, brought in to serve as a mentor to young quarterbacks Josh Allen and Nathan Peterman. However, after Allen sustained an elbow injury in last Sunday's loss to the Houston Texans, the 35-year-old Anderson will suddenly be thrust right into the starting lineup Sunday in Indianapolis.

McDermott said Allen has been diagnosed with an elbow sprain and is out for this week, but has avoided surgery. He, once again, termed the rookie quarterback as "week-to-week" as he did on Monday.

Originally a sixth round pick by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2005 NFL Draft, Anderson has played 12 NFL seasons with the Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, and Carolina Panthers. He last served a backup role in Carolina to Cam Newton for the first seven years of Newton's career. His last start came on December 4, 2016. Last season, Anderson appeared in only three games, throwing only eight passes. For his career, Anderson has started 47 games, throwing 60 touchdowns and 60 interceptions.  

"Derek's a guy I've been around in Carolina," McDermott said. "He brings experience, a leadership presense to the table and he's worked hard the last week and a half to get himself up to speed.....I feel like this is the right decision for our football team right now."

All three quarterbacks were on the practice field to begin the stretching portion of practice, but Allen headed inside with trainers as players began their individual position work.

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