The Buffalo Bills (7-6) seem content to stick with quarterbacks Tyrod Taylor and Nathan Peterman, without adding a free agent quarterback, as the team fights for its playoff life with three games remaining in the 2017 NFL regular season.
Taylor, who was inactive for Week 14’s 13-7 snowvertime win over the Indianapolis Colts, returned to practice as a full participant Wednesday morning. All signs point to Taylor starting for the Bills when Buffalo welcomes the Miami Dolphins (6-7) to New Era Field for a 1 p.m. game Sunday afternoon.
As he has done for much of the season, first-year head coach Sean McDermott reiterated that, when healthy, Taylor is his quarterback over Peterman and veteran Joe Webb. Taylor, who said he was “close” to returning for Week 14’s game vs. Indianapolis, told ESPN’s Mike Rodak that his availability comes down to his pain tolerance.
“It feels good today,” Taylor said of his ailing right knee, which he injured on the first offensive play of Week 13’s 23-3 loss to the New England Patriots. “I expect it to continue to keep getting better. Since this happened, I haven’t had any setbacks with it, fortunately.”
Peterman, who entered the NFL’s concussion protocol following a hit to his head in the third quarter of the win over the Colts, remains in the concussion protocol but was able to practice in a limited capacity Wednesday.
Taylor and Peterman were the only two quarterbacks taking repetitions Wednesday, as Webb was back practicing with the receivers. Since no free agent quarterbacks have been brought in as insurance policies, it seems safe to assume that Taylor will be good to go Sunday in the regular-season home finale and Peterman will likely be, as well.