The injury isn’t particularly great news for the Bills who, with a win over the Miami Dolphins in the NFL’s final game of the 2023 regular season on Sunday night, could secure their fourth straight AFC East divisional title. However, Allen himself has shrugged off the injury saying it’s nothing serious and that he just suffered a stinger — something he had never experienced prior to his scramble for a first down that secured Buffalo’s 27-21 victory over the Patriots.
Josh Allen called the injury at the end “a little stinger” and that it “felt a little funky” but did not seem concerned. He said he’s “good to go.”— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) December 31, 2023
On Monday, head coach Sean McDermott seemed to echo Allen’s aloofness about the injury saying that it was just a little soreness but shouldn’t affect his ability to prepare for, or play against, Sunday’s game.
Asked if this will affect practice status, Sean McDermott says “not that I’m aware of” for Josh Allen https://t.co/o0ofgj5I9E— katherine fitzgerald (@kfitz134) January 1, 2024
After Wednesday’s practice, which admittedly was a walk through — however teams do estimate what a player’s participation would be if the practice have been a full run — Allen was still sticking to his take that he’s fine and that the injury won’t impact his ability to play on Sunday.
Asked if the neck would impact him at all, Josh Allen said, “No, not at all.” https://t.co/eShjoURYoz— Alaina Getzenberg (@agetzenberg) January 3, 2024
What hasn’t seemingly been addressed is the listed finger injury. After the “stinger” injury that Allen said he felt at the end of Sunday’s game — and which had trainers checking his left shoulder on the sidelines after he took himself out and let backup quarterback Kyle Allen come in and kneel out the game — Allen could be seen rubbing the fingers on his right hand together. However, none of it seems to be concerning to Allen or the Bills.
Allen himself said it’s a stinger affecting the R hand. https://t.co/iG40oAxR6a— Banged Up Bills (@BangedUpBills) December 31, 2023
Also listed on Wednesday’s injury report were edge rushers Von Miller and Leonard Floyd with their scheduled veteran rest days. Miller was a healthy scratch on Sunday while Floyd played in 43% of Buffalo’s defensive snaps and currently leads the team with 10.5 sacks this season. A bit of good news for Floyd, who’s also working through a ribs injury, is that the wrist injury he was nursing for the past few weeks has been taken off the injury report — meaning that he no longer needs attention from the Bills’ training staff for it.
Limited on Wednesday were safeties Micah Hyde and Damar Hamlin. Hyde has dealt with a neck/stinger injury since Week 14 and was active for the first time in three weeks on Sunday, and didn’t miss a single defensive snap. The fact that he’s listed as limited today is hopefully — and very likely — more of a maintenance plan to keep the now 33-year-old veteran on a path to being productive again on Sunday. Hamlin has dealt with a shoulder injury for two weeks and was inactive on Sunday. His inactive status was not so much due to the injury — he did return to play in the same game that he injured it in — as it was to Hyde’s availability.
Wednesday injury report pic.twitter.com/8Vb5fXh5rz— Buffalo Bills PR (@BuffaloBillsPR) January 3, 2024
Overall, considering that it’s the final week of a long, and brutal, NFL regular season, having only five players on the injury report this week — and the only DNPs due to veteran rest — is a good place to be for the Buffalo Bills who need to win Sunday to guarantee themselves a spot in this year’s playoffs.