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Report: McCarron did not suffer a fractured collarbone

The veteran quarterback avoids a potentially lengthy setback

August 20, 2018 - 8:02 pm

Contrary to previous reports, it seems as if Buffalo Bills quarterback A.J. McCarron has dodged a serious bullet. 

Following the team's 19-17 preseason victory over the Cleveland Browns last Friday, it was reported that McCarron had suffered a hairline fracture in his collarbone. Three days later, however, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday that McCarron would return to practice "soon", as tests remained inconclusive on the quarterback's neck area.

McCarron will likely return to practice once any soreness subsides, but as a safety measure, there is serious doubt that he will even be dressed for the Bills' third preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals this Sunday.

The quarterback rotation, as of now, will be Josh Allen starting against the Bengals with Nathan Peterman second out of the gate. Head coach Sean McDermott said earlier Monday that he and general manager Brandon Beane have already discussed the idea of bringing in a fourth quarterback for insurance purposes for, at least, the rest of the preseason.

It is not yet known how this McCarron revelation will affect those discussions, given that there is still uncertainty about when he will be available to the team again.

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