Buffalo Bills Season Injury Review- QB

Analyzing injuries sustained to Bills quarterbacks during the regular season and impact for the future.

Every season, players from all NFL teams get injured, some more severe than others. Virtually no position is immune from injury, but the frequency and long term impact may vary. Teams successes or failures can be attributed to the health of particular positions. Today’s post will look at the 2017 Buffalo Bills at the quarterback position.

Quarterbacks that suited up for the Buffalo Bills during the regular season included Tyrod Taylor, Nathan Peterman, and Joe Webb. Due to injury and performance, all saw meaningful snaps which propelled the Bills to their first playoff berth this century. Unfortunately, all experienced some degree of injury during the course of the season.

First up is QB Joe Webb who only sustained an ankle injury during the season finale against the Miami Dolphins which did not force him to miss any time. Webb most likely sustained a minor sprained ankle on special teams where he accrued most of his playing time this season. The 3rd string QB’s only significant playing time came in the memorable snow game against the Colts in which he stepped in for the second half and set up the Bills for the memorable win. Stat wise, he had 7 attempts for 2 completions and 35 yards with one interception. Injury wise, Webb will not be a liability coming back next season and a 2017 salary of $900,000 is not breaking the bank. However, a quarterback with 8 years in the league making nearly one million dollars may not be in the long term plans with the front office reshaping the roster.

Next is QB Nathan Peterman who had a rather forgettable rookie season. Injuries sustained to Peterman this year consisted of a concussion sustained during the 1st half of the Colts game. Concussions are always uncertain in regards to recovery and long term recovery but in Peterman’s case, he was able to return to action after missing one game. Total playing time for the rookie involved 4 regular season games with 2 starts and 1 playoff game. Most remember his atrocious start against the Chargers in where he threw 5 interceptions in the first half alone. Overall his stats read as: 50 attempts for 25 completions, 266 yards for 2 TD’s and 6 interceptions. As Peterman sustained minimal injury along with a rookie deal of $465,000, his salary and potential ability to grow as a quarterback are team friendly. Depending on what new OC Brian Daboll plans to do will determine whether he has a place on the roster next season.

Finally, QB Tyrod Taylor who has been one of the more polarizing players in recent Bills history. His overall stats: 420 attempts for 263 completions for 2799 yards plus 14 passing TD’s and 4 interceptions. He also added 427 yards and 4 TD’s on the ground. His play has been critically analyzed and never quite what the team or fan base has been looking for. The 6th year signal caller avoided major injury this year, starting 14 games while only missing one game to a patellar tendon contusion sustained in the first Patriots game. Taylor sustained a concussion in the preseason which landed him on the injury report for Week 1 and ended the season what appeared to be a rather nasty hit to the head in the playoff loss to the Jaguars which forced him to exit the game early.

Taylor’s injuries do not appear to be lingering for next season as he has shown he heals fast and is not out for long periods having only missed 3 games over the past 3 years. Unfortunately, the team appears to be questioning whether Taylor is in the long term plans. While he did deliver the playoffs, that may be his ceiling and unable to grow into a franchise quarterback. Factor in his mobility which increases the risk for future injury along with a salary of $7.5 million plus roster bonus makes him potentially unattractive for long term. I believe that he is appropriate to play out his contract as a bridge quarterback until a new heir is ready.

Thankfully, the Bills are not forced to make decisions based on injuries compared to what the Vikings, Dolphins, and Colts are forced to deal with this upcoming off season. The Bills are in a good financial position along with draft capital to prevent them from reaching or missing out on the quarterbacks they covet. This will undoubtedly usher in a new starting quarterback for the Bills next season.

Continue to check back with me for further updates on Bills injury news. Follow me on Twitter @kyletrimble88, thank you for reading and GO BILLS!!

Bills Playoff Injury Breakdown- Jaguars

Assessing the latest news on McCoy’s ankle injury and assessing other players availability prior to the game.

The Buffalo Bills prepare for a showdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars in their first playoff game in 17 years. It has been a long time coming and the Bills fan base can’t wait! The big narrative for Buffalo coming into this game is whether RB LeSean McCoy will be able to play after spraining his ankle in Sunday’s win over Miami. Today’s post will analyze McCoy’s injury along with others listed on the injury report.

First things first, LeSean McCoy will play Sunday despite being listed as questionable. That’s a fact and anyone can hold me to it if he doesn’t suit up. Worst case scenario is that his workload is limited which clinically I would prefer. This would allow him to be more effective and reduce further injury. He has been reported stating that he can walk without any pain and has been able to perform stretching in practice and was limited in practice. McCoy will continue to rehabilitate until game time and limit stressing the injured area. Thankfully, the injury was not severe, the response was not severe, the outcomes will be positive.

Others questionable are LB Matt Milano (hamstring) OT Jordan Mills (ankle), WR Deonte Thompson (shoulder), and QB Joe Webb (ankle). Milano suffered a hamstring injury during some point in Sunday’s game. As he has not practiced all week and it is a soft tissue injury, it will be difficult to determine whether he will be ready to play. Milano may be a precautionary approach as is McCoy, but severity is unknown at this time. If he is unable to play, LB Ramon Humber is able to step up.

Mills, Thompson, and Webb are all dealing with their respective injuries with no surprises here with the exception of Webb with an ankle injury. Webb’s main impact is on special teams and 3rd string QB and as he is limited in practice gives hope that he will be able to play in some fashion Sunday. Mills and Thompson should be able to play as Mills injury on video was minimal for acute injury and it is still unknown what Thompson did to his shoulder in practice. Consider that they both played through their respective injuries during Sunday. I suspect that there are some smoke screens with everyone limited in practice and questionable to prevent keep the Jaguars on their toes.

Unfortunately, CB Shareece Wright is ruled out with a concussion sustained in the Patriots game. As he is still not practicing in any fashion, this may indicate that he is still in the earlier stages of the concussion protocol and is still too early to determine whether he will be available if the Bills move onto next week.

As I have said this entire season, the health of this roster has been crucial to this team’s success. While there are several starters on IR, the team has adapted to their absence and continued to sustain success despite losses. With the roster as it is now along with those on the injury report this week are able to play, the Bills can win their first playoff game in 22 years. This is a winnable game, but must be a mistake free game and capitalize on field position and force the Jaguars into mistakes.

I am looking forward to sitting down and watching a Buffalo Bills playoff game with a cold beer in hand, food on the table, and relishing the moment. Win or lose, this has been a very successful season for which the Bills can build off of and sustain success for some time with the right moves. Time will determine how Sunday plays out, but it is promising.

Continue to check back for the latest updates and articles regarding Buffalo Bills injuries. For the latest updates and game time reactions, follow me on Twitter @kyletrimble88. As always, thank you for reading, enjoy this moment as Bills fans, and GO BILLS!!

Week 14 Post Game Thoughts- Colts

Initial thoughts regarding injuries following yesterdays cold and exciting win!

What a game, what a game, what a game!! The Bills pulled off a spectacular win at New Era Field with a 13-7 score over the Indianapolis Colts!! Man what a game! Besides the snow and the cold, the Bills came out on the winning end of things without major injury. Today’s post will break down why the Bills are in good shape health wise for a playoff push if they still have something left in the tank.

Thankfully, injures were at a minimum during yesterday’s game due to the poor footing and snow to soften some of the blows. This doesn’t mean there wasn’t any injuries, just far fewer than usual. Starting off, QB Nathan Peterman had to leave the game late in the 3rd quarter due to a head injury sustained when he dove/fell head first and was hit helmet to helmet. He had to leave the game and was able to walk off on his own power. QB Joe Webb was able to take over and while he looked shaky, he was able to maintain the lead and give Peterman his first NFL win.

It is far too early to tell how serious Peterman’s head injury is but he is in the concussion protocol. We have seen a variety of timelines from other players this season with regards to returning after a suspected concussion. CB Tre’Davious White and RB Travaris Cadet were both able to return rather quickly while DT Jerel Worthy was out several weeks. There is no real way to determine severity based on hit alone as evident by Gronkowski’s hit on White last week. Regardless of the outcome of Peterman’s injury, QB Tyrod Taylor will be ready to play against the Dolphins.

Also injured on the same play of Peterman’s head injury, OT Jordan Mills sustained a left knee injury that took him out for several plays, but was able to return later. However, with the lack of depth at the position, Mills may have been forced to play though the injury. Video shows that he merely fell after getting twisted up during line play but did not appear to suffer any injury to the joint.

Finally, WR Kelvin Benjamin re-injured his right knee twice; first on a hard hit to the knee during landing early during the 4th quarter. He was able to return later in the game and unfortunately re-injured his knee. I do not believe that he tore his meniscus further or sustained any additional structural damage, but rather landed hard similar to what Taylor sustained last week. Analyzing video of the game supports that there were no mechanisms for injury; rather just hard hits to the knee along with adding in previous pain due to the already healing meniscus. As Benjamin is being further evaluated, I do not believe anything more will come of the injury.

After that brutal game with all the slipping and sliding, I expect the injury report to be rather long with several veterans requiring rest days and most guys being banged up with minor muscle strains and contusions due to the brutal nature of the game. I expect that the Bills will be able to be able to rest up and be ready to play an always tough Dolphins team that look to end the Bills playoff chances.

Look for the next article to dive deeper into the injury report and explain any new injuries presented to the media. Until then, continue to check back for new articles and updates as more information becomes available. For the latest injury information, follow me on Twitter at @kyletrimble88. As always, thank you for reading and GO BILLS!!