The knee injury Tyrod Taylor suffered on the first play of the game against the New England Patriots isn’t likely to be season-ending, per multiple reports. It’s unclear who will start at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills this week or even if Taylor will be available.
“Bills QB Tyrod Taylor will have tests on his knee, but he has told people close to him that he’s going to be OK. Believed to have avoided major injury,” tweeted NFL Netowkr’s Ian Rapoport on Sunday night.
Taylor originally was hurt on the first play of the game, landing hard on the knee. He was shown wincing at times during the game but was able to maintain mobility and his ability to run. It wasn’t until another hit in the second half that he was taken out of the game where he went to get an x-ray.
Noted football injury diagnoser Dr. David Chao also doesn’t believe it’s a long-term injury, noting the direct hit to Taylor’s knee cap and not a ripping or tearing motion.
“By video, it does not appear Taylor’s left knee injury is serious. But he could miss time, and maybe the Bills won’t rush him back,” said Chao. “It could be a direct bone bruise, traumatic bursitis or a mild ligament sprain.”
We might learn more when Sean McDermott speaks to the media on Monday.
Taylor was replaced in the lineup by backup Nathan Peterman. Peterman didn’t have any more success than Taylor did against a stout Patriots defense. If Taylor can’t go, Joe Webb would likely back up Peterman moving forward. Webb threw one pass in the game as a package of Wildcat plays was installed for the receiver/quarterback.