Case Keenum

Just when it seemed like a foregone conclusion that the Buffalo Bills (6-2) would keep quarterback Josh Allen on the bench against the Minnesota Vikings (7-1) after he suffered an elbow sprain against the Jets last Sunday, the franchise went in the opposite direction.

Buffalo announced on Saturday, November 12 that third-string quarterback Matt Barkley would NOT be elevated to the active roster, which meant the team is expecting Allen to suit up when the Bills host the Vikings at Highmark Stadium on Sunday. If Barkley was elevated, he would’ve been the primary backup for quarterback Case Keenum.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport shed light on how Buffalo came to this decision. He tweeted, “Allen is able to grip a football and he did some throwing on Friday. That gave enough confidence to proceed without elevating Matt Barkley from the practice squad and put Allen in line to play against the #Vikings despite an elbow sprain.”

Josh Allen coming out for the Vikings game.

— Bradley Gelber (@BradleyGelber) November 12, 2022

NFL analysts and fans were surprised to see the Bills seemingly gamble with their $258 million superstar. WGR 550‘s Sal Capaccio tweeted, “Really incredible turn of events this week. Didn’t think there was much chance for Josh Allen to play,” while Pro Football Doc David J. Chao saw the news and tweeted, “The hope is he can avoid another similar hit. But this is football. 🙏.” Dr. Chao warned during an appearance on Fantasy Pro‘s podcast on Thursday that it would be better if Allen didn’t play this week, “even if he can grip and throw.”

“What you can’t afford is to turn this short-term injury into a season-long or long-term injury and/or surgery. And this is why it’s better for Bills fans that he doesn’t play. This is a non-conference game… You can’t win the Super Bowl in November, but you can sure lose it in November.”

Dr. Chao on Josh Allen’s week 10 status

— FantasyPros (@FantasyPros) November 11, 2022

Many people slammed the Bills for being reckless with the MVP candidate. One fan tweeted, “Sounds like a stupid move by Buffalo. Risk missing the rest of the season. I’d rest him for a couple games,” while a Dolphins fan



Twitter Slams Bills’ Decision to Gamble With QB Josh Allen vs. Vikings

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