Bills’ Josh Allen returns to training, questionable against Vikings

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen tested his injured throwing arm for the first time this week on Friday and is listed as a possible play against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

The Bills called Allen’s practice time limited, which is still seen as a step in the right direction as he sat out the first two sessions after injuring his right elbow in the final minutes of a loss to the New York Jets last weekend .

Coach Sean McDermott expected before practice that a decision on Allen’s game status would be made by game time.

“We’re literally in an hourly situation here,” McDermott said. “I’m just looking at how he’s going to be progressing throughout the day and as he’s going through these various medical tests, make sure he’s able to tick the boxes in a row until we can see if we can continue the course of the day day here.”

The coach then gave a vague response when asked what he needs to see from Allen to determine if Allen can play: “That’s probably going too far or in the weeds at this point.”

Bills aren’t equipped to win without Josh Allen

Bills aren't equipped to win without Josh Allen

Case Keenum is a viable backup quarterback and Nick Wright admits that… but if Josh Allen doesn’t play in Week 10 or that elbow injury keeps him out for much of the season, Nick doesn’t think the Bills are equipped to handle it.

McDermott added: “Respectfully, we’ve just got to keep getting through the day here and we’ll see. Listen, I’m going to do a great job of being a listener, including listening to our medical team.”

The Bills officially ruled out starting guard Jordan Poyer (elbow) and starting defenseman Greg Rousseau (ankle) from playing the NFC North-leading Vikings (7-1). Rookie cornerback Kaiir Elam, who shared starting duties with fellow rookie Christian Benford, is listed as doubtful with an ankle injury.

Starting middle linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (groin/heel) is listed as questionable after practicing for the first time this week on Friday, while McDermott said starting linebacker Matt Milano (oblique) “should be ready” after playing a missed game.

Allen has not missed a start since a similar injury in 2018 that forced him to miss four games in his rookie season.

If he can’t leave, the AFC-leading Bills (6-2) would hand the NFL’s highest-ranked offense yards to journeyman backup Case Keenum. He’s a 10-year veteran who enjoyed his best season of 2017 for the Vikings when he won 11-3.

“Case is a true pro and we have every confidence in Case and Matt Barkley in that regard,” McDermott said, citing Buffalo’s two veteran backups. “(Keenum) has earned all the respect in the world here. And I know he will be ready when called.”

Reporting by The Associated Press.

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