Bills QB Matt Barkley in the mix to start against Jets
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott is backing off his previous commitment of having Nathan Peterman start against the New York Jets if rookie Josh Allen isn't cleared to play.
And that puts Matt Barkley in the mix to start Sunday.
McDermott reversed course Friday after he ruled out Derek Anderson and said Allen's status remains uncertain four weeks since spraining his right throwing elbow. Asked of the possibility of Peterman starting, McDermott sidestepped the question by saying he preferred to keep the focus on Allen.
That's a switch from Monday, when McDermott said Peterman would start if Allen and Anderson couldn't play.
Allen is listed as questionable on Buffalo's injury report.
A person familiar with situation told The Associated Press that Barkley is being considered ahead of Peterman, but a final decision hasn't yet been made. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because McDermott did not reveal the team's plans.
Peterman has thrown seven interceptions in four appearances this season, including three in a 41-9 loss to Chicago last weekend.
The Bills signed Barkley on Oct. 30. He is on his sixth team in six seasons, and hasn't appeared in a regular-season game since 2016, when he started six games with the Chicago Bears. Barkley was cut by the Cincinnati Bengals in September after hurting his knee in a preseason game.
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