Nov 6, 2022; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) throws in the first half against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Bills taking it by the hour with QB Josh Allen

Whether Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen plays this weekend against the Minnesota Vikings likely will be decided at the last minute.

Coach Sean McDermott said Friday that Allen is “hour-to-hour” with a right elbow injury. He has yet to participate in practice this week, including Friday, after sustaining the injury during the final drive of the Bills’ 20-17 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday.

“We are in an hour-to-hour situation here to see how he progresses through the day,” McDermott said on WGR 550.

Former Vikings quarterback Case Keenum would draw the start should Allen be unable to play for the Bills (6-2).

While Allen’s availability is in question, McDermott ruled out safety Jordan Poyer and defensive end Greg Rousseau for the contest versus the Vikings (7-1). Poyer will miss his second consecutive game with an elbow injury, while Rousseau is considered week-to-week with a high ankle sprain.

The Bills’ injury report will be updated Friday afternoon.

–Field Level Media

Nov 6, 2022; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
New York Jets defensive end Vinny Curry (99) tackles Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Bills QB Josh Allen (elbow) misses practice again

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen did not participate in practice for the second straight day on Thursday as he deals with an injury to his right elbow.

Although idle, Allen was in attendance and walked out with a sleeve on his right arm at the team’s practice session in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Allen’s status remains uncertain for Sunday’s home game versus the Minnesota Vikings (7-1). Former Vikings quarterback Case Keenum would draw the start should Allen be unable to play for the Bills (6-2).

Allen sustained his injury during the last drive of Buffalo’s 20-17 loss to the New York Jets last Sunday. The MVP candidate has an NFL second-best 19 touchdown passes against eight interceptions, tied for second most in the league.

Like Allen, safety Jordan Poyer (elbow), linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (groin, heel) and defensive end Greg Rousseau (ankle) did not participate in practice for the second straight day. Cornerback Kaiir Elam (ankle) also did not practice on Thursday after being limited in Wednesday’s session.

Linebacker Matt Milano (oblique) was a full participant in practice on Thursday after being limited in the previous day’s session.

–Field Level Media

Oct 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (right) greets Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (left) after a NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

QB1, done: Starters sit preseason openers

Starting quarterbacks are mastering the sideline route this preseason.

Bills quarterback Josh Allen and Mac Jones of the Patriots are the latest starting quarterbacks to be informed they won’t play in preseason openers this week, extending a trend that goes well beyond the majority of No. 1 quarterbacks in the league.

“Josh Allen will not play in our preseason game on Saturday,” Bills coach Sean McDermott said Thursday morning.

Jones is out for the Patriots in Thursday’s opener against the Giants, who already determined Daniel Jones will play a limited number of snaps with the first-team offense.

The Ravens are sitting Lamar Jackson on Thursday when the Tennessee Titans roll into Baltimore. Ticketmaster listed 100-level seats for the game for $20 and the upper levels offered $5 tickets.

Sitting top-tier starters in preseason games is not new.

Aaron Rodgers hasn’t been on the field for a live snap in a Packers preseason game since 2018.

“I don’t see any benefit to it,” Rodgers said of potentially taking the field for one series. “I definitely don’t see any benefit to playing one series. If we’re going to play, we should play and play a quarter, a couple of series, two to three series. Just suiting up for four plays, to me, is a waste.”

Tom Brady won’t play when the Buccaneers face the Miami Dolphins after logging six snaps in Tampa Bay’s preseason opener in 2021.

One known exception is 49ers quarterback Trey Lance, who was informed he’ll start Friday against the Packers but sit out the following week, when San Francisco takes on the Minnesota Vikings. All of San Francisco’s starters are expected to play “at least some” in the third preseason game (vs. Houston), which is customary across the NFL.

Lance, entering his second season, is taking the reins of the offense from Jimmy Garoppolo.

“He’s had good days and had real rough days,” coach Kyle Shanahan said of his 22-year-old quarterback. “I’ve been real pleased with Trey and all three (quarterbacks).”

Matt Ryan of the Indianapolis Colts will also play up to one quarter Saturday against the Bills.

–Field Level Media

May 24, 2020; Hobe Sound, FL, USA; NFL player Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reacts after holing out from the fairway on the seventh during The Match: Champions for Charity golf round at the Medalist Golf Club.  Mandatory Credit: Handout Photo by Getty Images for The Match via USA TODAY Sports

Handicapping the field of quarterbacks at ‘The Match VI’

There will be no shortage of wagering possibilities when four top NFL quarterbacks take to the golf course in “The Match VI” on Wednesday from Las Vegas.

Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will team up with Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers to form one team. They will match up against Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills and Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs.

If experience matters, the Brady-Rodgers pairing seems to be the one to beat, and not because they have 39 seasons of combined NFL experience. The two also took part in “The Match IV” last July. Brady also played in a 2020 edition, making this his third time out.

That experience could go a long way in explaining how Brady/Rodgers are -175 favorites according to SportsBetting.ag, while Allen/Mahomes are +155. Brady/Rodgers are also -140 favorites to record the first birdie, over Allen/Mahomes (+100).

There are plenty of challenges ahead on the Wynn Golf Club just off the Las Vegas Strip, with an over/under of 3.5 balls to be hit into water hazards. A hole-in-one from any player carries +10000 odds.

At +5000 odds, down from +10000, is whether or not Brady has a wardrobe malfunction after he split his pants in the 2020 version of the event.

The event will be played over 12 holes in a “shamble” format, meaning that all four players play their second shot from the best tee shot. They play out their own ball the rest of the way from there. Odds are that Rodgers will see a fair share of his drives being used. Rodgers is +110 to hit the longest drive of the day, followed by Brady (+200), Mahomes (+400) and Allen (+700).

And since golf is not the day job of any of the four participating, there figure to be plenty of long putts. Who has the best odds of making a 30-footer with their putter? Rodgers again is the favorite at +275, followed by Brady (+300), Mahomes (+350) and Allen (+425).

But being the odds-on best player doesn’t necessarily guarantee a cool, calm and collected round. Rodgers also is the +150 favorite to be the first participant to use a “curse word,” while Brady is +200, Allen is +300 and Mahomes is +400.

–Field Level Media