No consideration replacing Tyrod based on performance; QB is day-to-day & other injury updates (McDermott video)
ORCHARD PARK – Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott confirmed that things are not so bad for quarterback Tyrod Taylor.
The head coach said Taylor, who left Sunday’s 23-3 loss against the New England Patriots with approximately 13 minutes left in the fourth quarter, said he does not have major damage. Taylor has a patellar tendon contusion in his knee and he’s listed as day-to-day.
McDermott tossed his support behind Taylor, when and if the quarterback is healthy.
“When healthy, Tyrod is our quarterback this week,” McDermott
Outside of the circumstances surrounding Taylor’s left knee, McDermott said Buffalo’s coaching staff did not consider replacing Taylor based on his performance. Taylor finished the day 9-for-18 with 65 passing yards and an interception.
“Based on the information we were getting from Taylor and our medical people at the time, it was the right decision to keep him in,” McDermott said. ““We talked about it from the medical standpoint and that’s it. Anything other than that, no.”
In relief, rookie Nathan Peterman went 6-for-15 with 50 passing yards.
McDermott was asked during his Monday press conference if he has come to release how important the passing game is. McDermott responded he’s always known that.
“I knew that before I became a head coach,” McDermott said. “You can’t just become a one dimensional team whether it’s throwing or running.”
McDermott also added a level of disappointment in the amount of scoring his team managed on against the Patriots.
“We have to find ways to score points,” McDermott said. “It’s tough to win game when you only score three points.”
For more from McDermott, see the attached video below.
Other injury updates:
- CB Tre’Davious White: Following Rob Gronkowski’s jump onto his head after White intercepted a Tom Brady pass, White is still in the concussion protocol.
- RB Travaris Cadet: Buffalo’s second-string running back was also placed in the concussion protocol.
- RB Mike Tolbert: After missing the past three games with a hamstring injury, Tolbert is will return to practice this week.
- WR Kelvin Benjamin: The wide out will return to practice this week. McDermott said the 6-foot-5 target “looks good.” McDermott did say say Benjamin would play on Sunday vs. the Indianapolis Colts.
- DE Shaq Lawson: Likely to miss the Colts contest is Shaq Lawson, who suffered a sprained ankle and is now listed as “week-to-week.”
- CB Leonard Johnson: After leaving the contest via a jog to the locker room, not a cart, Johnson returned to Sunday’s game vs. the Patriots. McDermott said he looks fine.