Allen works with first-team as Bills' quarterback rotation continues Monday

August 20, 2018
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The rotation continues.

Josh Allen was the quarterback who worked with the Buffalo Bills’ first-team offense Monday at practice, while Nathan Peterman worked with the second unit. A.J. McCarron is still out with a shoulder injury.

The media was only allowed to watch the stretching and individual position portion of practice, but head coach Sean McDermott told reporters beforehand that Allen would be the first quarterback in once they hit the field.

The head coach also said there is still no timetable on McCarron’s return.

“Not at this point,” he said. “We really don’t (have a timetable). We’re just taking it one day at a time. I’m passing along information to you as I get it from our medical staff.....we’re still working through some things here. He will not practice today, so [there’s] no real change as far as that’s concerned.”

If McCarron’s injury keeps him out long-term, McDermott said the team has discussed options, including signing a fourth quarterback, at least for the remainder of the preseason.

“Yeah, Brandon [Beane] and I have spoken about it. Like always, he’s always looking at our situation and what we may need to do for not only the long term, but the short term in this case. We’ll see.”

The Bills host the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday at 4 p.m. in the third preseason contest for both teams. Typically, teams use the third exhibition game as a dress rehearsal for the regular season. However, the Bills still haven’t decided on their starting quarterback for Week 1 as of yet, and haven’t announced any decisions on who is starting Sunday.

“We’re staying with the rotation,” McDermott said about practice. “Nate had the ones yesterday, Josh will have them today. We’re just with the rotation at this point. We’ll make that decision. After today, we’ll start to move into a little bit of a blend of [this being] a normal week as we prepare. Our players can get acclimated to the routine of a normal, regular season week. We’ve got some new players who haven’t been around us in terms of that routine, so we try and expose them to that. The competitions are still open and will be until they’re not, basically, as training camp unfolds.”

As far as other injuries are concerned, running back LeSean McCoy sat out Monday due to a sore groin, while defensive tackle Kyle Williams is still considered week-to-week with a knee injury. Defensive end Trent Murphy (groin) was fully dressed for practice, but was working with trainers off to the side, while the rest of the defensive line did one-on-one drills against the offensive line. Wide receiver Brandon Reilly (ribs) was in a red non-contact jersey, but participating in individual position work. Safety Kelcie McCray sat out with an undisclosed injury.


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