Nathan Peterman couldn't help but feel a little lonely and a little strange during the Buffalo Bills' practice Sunday.
That's because the rookie was the only one of the Bills' three quarterbacks participating in the workout.
The other two, Tyrod Taylor and T.J. Yates, are in concussion protocol as a result of blows to the head they sustained in Saturday night's preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens.
"They kind of triple-teamed me with the coaches," Peterman told reporters with a smile afterward. "I had three-to-one coaches, and it was definitely different. I missed Tyrod and T.J. both, we have a good time out there, so hopefully they get back quick."
Taylor exited the game in the Bills' second offensive series after falling hard on the back of his head. Peterman took over and remained in the game into the third quarter, before giving way to Yates.
Yates also sustained a blow that resulted in a concussion. Coach Sean McDermott said Sunday he wasn't exactly certain when Yates was injured, saying only that "he took some licks later in the game, trying to win the game. I thought it was a very courageous effort down the stretch there from him and the offense."
McDermott acknowledged that having only Peterman available for practice less than two weeks before the Sept. 10 regular-season opener against the New York Jets, and days before the preseason-finale against the Detroit Lions, puts the Bills in a tough spot.
"Well, it's concerning, it is concerning," he told reporters. "Any time guys are injured it's concerning. That said, they're in the protocol and really can't go any further as far as those (Taylor and Yates) are concerned. But, you know, we're hopeful at this point that everything works out."
McDermott said he and General Manager Brandon Beane has discussed the possibility of adding a quarterback.
"We haven't come to a decision at this point in time," the coach said. "We're running the gamut of the different style of quarterbacks out there. Who's been in this system? Who hasn't? Younger, older.
"We're still going through that process right now."
Although he acknowledged it wasn't under the best circumstances, Peterman, who wasn't scheduled to enter the game until the third quarter, did welcome the opportunity to play with the Bills' starting offense Saturday night.
"I think more reps is always good," Peterman said. "It was certainly helpful I got my opportunity. The way it happened, obviously, wasn't ideal, but it's always good to get more reps.
"Just reps, trying to prepare, and last week (against the Philadelphia Eagles) we treated it like a real game. So it's kind of the same process for me, I'm trying to prepare as much as I can, get into a rhythm and find out what the NFL's all about."
He expressed confidence in his readiness to be the starter for the season-opener if necessary.
"Yes, sir," Peterman said. "I mean, that's obviously why I'm here. It's my job to be ready -- help the team as much as I can and be ready."
Also missing from Sunday's practice were defensive tackles Marcell Dareus (hip), Kyle Williams (personal reasons) and Adolphus Washington (personal reasons), tight end Charles Clay (maintenance day), wide receiver Andre Holmes (neck spasms), safety Bacarri Rambo (hip), and defensive lineman Max Valles (knee).