Tyrod has full practice Wednesday, updates his status for Sunday vs. Dolphins (video)
By: Nick Wojton
ORCHARD PARK – Since replacing him with rookie Nathan Peterman which turned out to be a five interception disaster, Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott has one a go-to line in regard to quarterback Tyrod Taylor.
“When healthy, Tyrod is our starter.”
Ahead of Sunday’s home finale against the Miami Dolphins (6-7), the Bills (7-6) head coach dusted off that same line on Wednesday, which begs one question. Is Tyrod healthy?
The quarterback spoke to reporters for the first time since Nov. 29 prior to facing the New England Patriots. Buffalo lost that contest 23-3 and Taylor left the game in the fourth quarter with a knee injury which kept him out last week’s 13-7 win over the Colts which Peterman started and Joe Webb finished.
“Yes, I’m feeling healthy. Just taking it day-by-day,” Taylor said. “I feel good.”
In terms of last week’s game, Taylor said that he nearly started but was held back. Looking back, Taylor said he thought that was the right decision. On Wednesday, Taylor was listed as a full participant in practice.
“Of course, the competitor in me, it’s tough to say that because I want to be out there playing. As a team, we were able to go out there and accomplish a big win under tough conditions. Hats off to the guys,” Taylor said.
Moving forward throughout the week, Taylor said it’s a pain tolerance type of situation. As prior mentioned, Peterman did not finish last game with a concussion. Peterman practiced in a limited capacity, which is a positive step in the concussion protocol, but his game status is still uncertain.
If Peterman can’t play, Webb will be suit up as backup. But again, Taylor has been dubbed as the team’s starter if healthy. No questions asked responses from McDermott. That hasn’t always been the case.
Ironic that Taylor’s now being leaned upon by an organization to end a 17-year playoff drought despite being casted aside. Taylor was asked about that situation and deflected the question. But Taylor couldn’t help himself, cracking a smile.
“Some of that stuff is really out of my control. Like I said, day-to-day, thankful for the opportunity and I take the opportunity seriously to prepare myself, as well as this team, mentally and physically to the point where we can go out and play winning football. I wouldn’t have it any other way. The stuff that I’ve been through in my life, in my career, has only made me who I am today. I take it in stride, learn from it, and continue to keep moving forward,” Taylor said.
For more from Taylor and McDermott, see the attached video below: