The Buffalo Bills (7-6) can ill afford another loss if they want to remain in the hunt for that playoff berth that has eluded the franchise for 17 years, and during Sunday’s regular-season home finale vs. the Miami Dolphins (6-7) the Bills will turn to Tyrod Taylor (knee) as the team’s starting quarterback.
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 and was a full participant on Thursday, too.
Before Friday’s practice, first-year Bills head coach Sean McDermott confirmed that Taylor will play and start Sunday against the Dolphins when the Fish come to Western New York for a 1 p.m. game Sunday at New Era Field.
“It feels good today,” Taylor said Wednesday 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.”
In other quarterback news, McDermott said that backup quarterback Nathan Peterman remains in the league’s concussion protocol, and that he will not be available Sunday. With Peterman sidelined, veteran Joe Webb will serve as Buffalo’s backup quarterback. (As Peterman’s backup a week ago, Webb played special teams snaps as he would normally. We’ll see if that continues Sunday.)
Peterman entered the NFL’s concussion protocol following a hit to his head in the third quarter of the win over the Colts. Webb came in and, despite throwing a late interception, was able to guide the Bills to the win over Indianapolis.