As temperatures drop in Buffalo, N.Y., a growing quarterback controversy is starting to heat up.
After Josh Allen dropped early due to an elbow injury in the Week 6 game against the Houston Texans on Sunday, the Buffalo Bills rushed in second-year backup QB Nathan Peterman.
Ahead of his takeover, Peterman reassured Bills coach Sean McDermott, “I’ve got this.” Then he went on to throw a pick six and an interception. (RELATED: NFL Week 6: Here Are The Most Important Moments You May Have Missed)
The Bills lost, and Peterman’s regular-season interception percentage of 11.4 — meaning he throws a pick on more than 11 percent of his passes — stayed strong.
And with ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirming the news that Allen somehow injured his right ulnar collateral ligament, the Bills are left with little options on how to move forward.
Josh Allen’s injury is to ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, per @mortreport. It’s not considered major, but MRI will be sent to Dr. James Andrews for second opinion. Titans QB Marcus Mariota’s week one elbow injury also considered UCL-related. He missed two starts.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 16, 2018
If Allen’s injury is bad enough — it looks like it may be — it could require surgery and pull him out of football for more than a year. But the Bills don’t have a year. With a 2-4 record, the growing discontentment in Buffalo and its locker room demands something be done. And apparently, McDermott doesn’t think the antidote is Peterman.
ESPN’s Dianna Russini is reporting that the Bills are exploring other quarterback options, including newly signed QB Derek Anderson.
I’m also told the Bills haven’t decided who will start at QB…There is a feeling in the organization that veteran QB Derek Anderson has to start or Sean McDermott is in danger of losing the locker room after Nathan Peterman’s latest performance
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) October 16, 2018
Likely a wise idea, since Peterman’s lackluster Sunday performance apparently started murmurs of a mutiny against McDermott if he chooses to continue playing their backup.
At this point, the only thing set in stone is that Allen will be sitting Week 7 out against the Colts on Sunday.
McDermott has a lot to figure out between now and then.