Josh Allen’s Status Uncertain Ahead of Game vs. Vikings

Nov 6, 2022; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) throws in the first half against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

If you’re a Vikings fan, you’ve probably had this Week 10 matchup with the Buffalo Bills circled as the toughest game of the year for Minnesota. Especially considering the game will take place in Buffalo, there were very few people who gave the Vikings a chance in this game when the season started.

However, it may be getting a touch easier for Minnesota to win this game. Last week against the New York Jets, Josh Allen suffered an elbow injury on the final drive of the game. He managed to finish the game, but the injury evidently is significant considering he is still under evaluation on Tuesday morning.

With that, Josh Allen’s status is uncertain ahead of Buffalo’s matchup against the Vikings.Head coach Sean McDermott said on Monday that he hopes there will be more information available to him soon so that a decision can be made regarding Allen:

“We’re just going through it,” McDermott told reporters. “We’re still evaluating. We’ll see where it goes. I’ll know more in 24 hours and know more on Wednesday.”

If Allen was in fact forced to sit out this game against the Vikings, it would be a huge blow to the Bills offense. Allen has been the heart and soul of this offense, passing for 2403 yards, 15 TDs, and 8 INTs through eight games. He’s also added 392 yards and 4 TDs on the ground as he’s helped the Bills to a 6-2 record. He’s one of the favorites to win the MVP award across many sportsbooks.

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Adding another wrinkle into this, the Vikings would face their fourth backup QB of the season if Allen sits. And obviously, that backup QB would be an old friend: Case Keenum.

Keenum led the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game in 2017 after Sam Bradford went down with injury. He also authored the Minneapolis Miracle by passing to Stefon Diggs for that game-winning TD against the New Orleans Saints.

This would be the second time that the Vikings face Keenum since that 2017 season. The first of these came in 2019 when Keenum played for Washington. The Vikings won that game, 19-9, and Keenum passed for just 130 yards, completing 12-of-16 passes. He threw zero touchdowns and zero interceptions along the way.

As of now, nothing is certain as coach McDermott stated. Whenever we find out who the Bills starting QB will be on Sunday, we here at PurplePTSD will be all over the news.

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho with a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. He also earned minors in History, Human Biology, and Journalism. When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys marathon training, playing video games, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. For more of his opinions, check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.