Bills’ Josh Allen to start against Vikings after being listed as questionable with elbow injury, per report

While Bills quarterback Josh Allen is officially listed as questionable, Sunday’s game against the Vikings appears to be trending in the right direction. Allen, who is dealing with a sprained elbow suffered in last week’s loss to the Jets, was a limited participant Friday after missing practice the previous two days.

Another sign that Allen is on track to play Sunday is the fact that the Bills are not removing backup quarterback Matt Barkley from the practice squad. according to NFL media. Besides Allen, veteran Case Keenum is currently the only other quarterback on the Bills’ 53-man roster.

Specifically, Allen is said to be dealing with a UCL injury after telling reporters after Week 9 that he was feeling “slight soreness” in his elbow. While he hasn’t been able to practice, Allen’s rehab behind the scenes now has him ready to hit the field in Week 10.

Throughout the week, head coach Sean McDermott had labeled Allen’s status as “day-to-day” or “hour-to-hour” at different points, emphasizing how much this appeared to be a coin flip for the MVP candidate. McDermott also said earlier in the week that the organization will use “common sense” when deciding whether to put Allen in this matchup, so it clearly showed him enough brass to allow him to play and not risk further injury.

Allen had reportedly expressed confidence to his teammates that he could play in this game, so this decision may not come as much of a surprise to those inside the building, despite his limited practices.


Of course, it will be interesting to see if Allen is limited at all when it comes to the pass. At the top of his evaluated elbow, there were also associated nerves According to reports looking at each other. It’s worth noting, however, that two plays after Allen reportedly suffered the injury, he threw an incomplete pass to Gabe Davis that traveled 69.3 yards through the air, which is the most passing effort over the past six seasons. Does this mean Allen is 100% healthy? No. Still, this nugget is at least encouraging that it won’t be drastically derailed heading into Week 10 football.

Allen has the Bills sitting at 6-2 on the season and in the driver’s seat for not only first place in the AFC East but the No. 1 seed in the conference. With the Chiefs and Ravens also sitting on six wins in Week 10, however, every game is important, especially when the opponent is a 7-1 Vikings team.

Buffalo and Minnesota will square off with Allen likely under center starting at 1 p.m. ET from Highmark Stadium.

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