Quarterback "scramble" follows McCarron injury Friday night

Has Allen made case to 'start'? "That's not up to me"

August 19, 2018 - 8:49 am
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CLEVELAND (WBEN/AP) — Buffalo’s quarterback situation is more scrambled than ever.

AJ McCarron sustained a potentially serious right shoulder injury, throwing the Bills’ three-way quarterback race into chaos, during a 19-17 win over the Cleveland Browns on Friday night.

McCarron, who signed with Buffalo as a free agent for a chance to start after four years as a backup in Cincinnati, didn’t show any obvious signs of being hurt while he was on the field. The 27-year-old was hit hard from behind by Myles Garrett and sacked by Larry Ogunjobi, but the Bills didn’t disclose his injury until the fourth quarter.

Following the game, coach Sean McDermott had little information about McCarron, who is battling rookie Josh Allen and Nathan Peterman for the starting job.

“We’ll know more as we get back to Buffalo tomorrow,” McDermott said.

McCarron completed just 3 of 6 for 12 yards during four series, and Buffalo’s offense gained only 22 yards on 12 plays while he was behind center.

The Bills have wanted to take a cautious approach with Allen, the No. 7 overall pick who has all the physical tools and may only need game experience. He’s been coming on strong of late, and his latest performance may push McDermott to move him into the starting lineup.

Allen out-performed McCarron by throwing a touchdown pass to Rod Streater, and Peterman rallied the Bills (2-0) with a 35-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to tight end Nick O’Leary.

Allen fired his 2-yard TD pass to Streater in the second quarter and led the Bills on three scoring drives. He completed 9 of 13 passes for 60 yards and was sacked once.

He was asked if he’s made a case to start

“That’s not up to me,” he said. “That’s completely up to the coaches, and obviously whatever happened tonight with AJ, it’s some tough circumstances. Everybody that knows him knows that he’s a great dude and I’m hurting for him tonight. I sent him a little text. You hate to see it happen.

“But as of now, I’m looking to improve. I know there’s a lot of things to improve on and I’ll continue to do that.”

Peterman, who started two games as a rookie in 2017, was 8 of 10 for 113 yards and a score.

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