Josh Allen expected to start with Buffalo despite sprained foot

Allen was limited in Wednesday and Thursday practices, but McDermott says he is not prevented from playing

ORCHARD PARK, New York – Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen is expected to start Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers despite a sprained left foot sustained in last week’s loss to the Tampa Bay. Buccaneers, coach reported Friday Sean McDermott.

“(The medical team) is comfortable with (Allen’s) situation and continues in the right direction,” he said. McDermott. “And then, what I saw with my own eyes in practice yesterday, it seems like he’s capable of executing the job description that goes along with the quarterback position.”

McDermott spoke for the first time about the state of Allen on his weekly radio appearance on WGR on Buffalo. The quarterback is expected to participate fully in practice on Friday. He was limited on Wednesday and in practice on Thursday. Allen was not missing a minute in the overtime loss at Tampa after injuring himself in the fourth quarter and has not missed a start due to injury since his rookie year.

Other offensive players reported that Allen “looks good” in practice Thursday. Backup quarterback Mitchell Trubisky took some of the plays in practice this week.

However, the offensive of the Bills it may not have another key holder. Left tackle Dion Dawkins tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday morning, according to McDermott. Dawkins is fully vaccinated and was hospitalized for four days while dealing with the virus at the start of training camp. The positive test occurred within two weeks after your second dose of the vaccine.

Dawkins had shortness of breath, chills, a cough and dehydration when he contracted the virus in July. He lost about 16 pounds.

“That’s the first, the first place your mind goes, right? How this person will handle it,” he mused. McDermott. “In this case, (Dawkins) has had it before and he certainly has had some challenges. So we will do our best to support him and make sure he is as healthy as possible or can be as well as possible ASAP.” .

Buffalo’s offensive line has been shuffled multiple times this year due to the COVID-19 and other injuries. Rookie starting right tackle Spencer Brown missed several games for being on the COVID-19 list, but since then he has had no problems.

The Bills have only one other player on the COVID-19 roster: backup linebacker Tyrel Dodson.

McDermott did not rule out Dawkins for Sunday’s game. This week, the NFL introduced protocols for vaccinated players to return to the field.

Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (knee) has been ruled out of Sunday’s game.