The Buffalo Bills were rumored to be losing Tyrod Taylor for several weeks, but now new reports claim that the electrifying quarterback who has the team out to a 3-2 start could remain on the field for this weekend’s critical game.
Taylor was hurt during the team’s 14-13 win this weekend over the Tennessee Titans. After running for a first down on a critical 3rd and 26 late in the fourth quarter, Taylor was taken down by a horse collar tackle and appeared to hurt his knee. Taylor came out for a play while doctors evaluated him, then returned to lead the team on the game-winning drive.
But reports on Tuesday indicated that the injury may have been more serious than initially believed. Sources close to the team claimed that Taylor suffered a sprained MCL, and that the Bills would be starting EJ Manuel on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
— NFL Total Access (@NFLTotalAccess) October 13, 2015
Now, it appears that Tyrod Taylor could still be on the field, NFL reported.
Bills coach Rex Ryan also said that Taylor could be playing this week.
“I would not rule out Tyrod Taylor as starting this week,” Ryan told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday morning. “Although I know it’s widely reported that that’s the case. We will see, that’s a possibility. I certainly wouldn’t count Tyrod Taylor out. He did finish the game this past week. I can tell you this: He’s got heart, he’s got toughness and he’s got a lot of ability. I definitely would not rule him out.”
Taylor also told reporters that he plans to start on Sunday, and was seen running full speed at Wednesday’s practice.
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) October 14, 2015
There are conflicting rumors surrounding the Buffalo Bills. NFL reported that sources close to the Bills say Tyrod Taylor indeed has an MCL injury and would be missing the game. That would indicate that Rex Ryan is employing a bit of gamesmanship with the Cincinnati Bengals, forcing them to practice as if both Manuel and Taylor could play.
Ryan has done that before. During training camp, he said he would not name a starter until before the season opener against the Indianapolis Colts. Ryan ultimately ended up naming Taylor the starter before that, as it was obvious to those following the team that Taylor had taken the starting position and was getting the majority of first-team snaps, but Ryan has been known to gain whatever edge he can.
If the rumors are true and Tyrod Taylor ends up missing a significant amount of time, it could be a major blow to the playoff hopes of the Buffalo Bills. The team has a critical matchup against the 5-0 Bengals on Sunday, and a loss would put them at 3-3 heading to London to play the Jacksonville Jaguars.
While the Bills would more than likely be favored against the Jaguars, the rigors of traveling across the Atlantic could make the game more up for grabs. The Buffalo Bills are also rumored to be without LeSean McCoy and backup running back Karlos Williams, along with wide receiver Sammy Watkins, whose status is up in the air for the coming weeks. A loss in London would put the Bills under.500 heading into the bye week, putting them in a hole in the AFC playoff race.
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