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Buffalo Bills Links, 8/12: Josh Allen to sit out Week 1 of preseason

Plus, Efe Obada’s long, unpredictable path to the NFL.

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In what will come as a surprise to practically no one, the Buffalo Bills announced on Wednesday that Josh Allen, their franchise quarterback who just signed a six-year, $258-million contract extension, will sit out the team’s preseason opener Friday against the Detroit Lions.

In today’s edition of the Bills links, we discuss how much playing time Buffalo’s other starters will receive in the team’s first game action of the 2021 season.

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Josh Allen to sit out Week 1 of preseason

In advance of the team’s preseason opener, Josh Allen, Buffalo’s franchise quarterback who just signed a six-year contract extension, will not play at all vs. the Detroit Lions Friday night. How much action will the other starters see?

Bills to require facemasks in enclosed spaces at Highmark Stadium

The Buffalo Bills announced Wednesday that, regardless of their vaccination status, fans attending home games will be required to wear masks when in indoor portions of Highmark Stadium and in the stadium concourses.

Recapping Day 12 of training camp

Slot cornerback Taron Johnson has to go up against wide receiver Cole Beasley every day in practice, and thanks to those sessions, Johnson said he has made great strides this training camp. Learn who else stood out from Wednesday’s practice session.

Buffalo Bills debut 2021 depth chart

Levi Wallace appears to be entrenched at CB2, while Harrison Phillips and Jake Fromm have their work cut out to earn a spot on the 53-man roster. What else stood out from the Bills’ first unofficial depth chart of the year?

Efe Obada’s unpredictable path to the NFL

Defensive end Efe Obada is trying to earn a roster spot on Buffalo’s loaded defensive line. It’s just the latest in a long line of challenges Obada has had to overcome on his journey to the NFL.

Mitchell Trubisky: “I’m enjoying being in Buffalo”

While the free-agent signee initially said he wanted to land with a team that offered him a chance to win the starting quarterback job, Mitchell Trubisky said he chose Buffalo because it represented a chance to continue to develop and progress as a player and a person.

Odds and ends

Hear why one columnist feels Bills fans should try and enjoy every week of the upcoming season, get to know rookie wide receiver Marquez Stevenson and the unparalleled speed he brings to the Bills’ offense, see what Siran Neal is doing to carve out a larger role on Buffalo’s defense, learn how general manager Brandon Beane plans on using the preseason games to improve his roster, and more!