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Buffalo Bills quarterback AJ McCarron did not break collarbone, per report

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NFL Network is reporting McCarron did not break his collarbone as first reported

During the Buffalo Bills’ 19-17 win over the Cleveland Browns in Week 2 of the NFL’s preseason, the news was bleak for AJ McCarron, who was in the mix to win the starting quarterback role.

McCarron, who signed to a two-year deal as a free agent this offseason, left the game with what was initially thought to be a broken collarbone injury, which could have sidelined McCarron for eight weeks or more.

On Monday, McCarron and the Bills received good news, as Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting that McCarron’s injury is not a hairline fracture, as was first reported.

The timeline for his recovery is day-to-day, and Rapoport reported that McCarron should “practice when the soreness goes away.”

Good news for the Bills, who probably would have had to sign another quarterback for at least the rest of the preseason, and for McCarron, who is still in the mix to win Buffalo’s starting quarterback race.

McCarron was less-than-impressive against the Browns, completing only 3 of 6 passes for 12 yards. McCarron was sacked once and was hit hard by Myles Garrett, which could have been the hit that caused the injury.

With McCarron sidelined, rookie Josh Allen has been declared the starter for the Bills third preseason game, a 4 p.m. clash with the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday at New Era Field.

Nathan Peterman, who has enjoyed an impressive preseason, is the team’s No. 2 quarterback.