With two of the three quarterbacks they already had in concussion protocol, the Buffalo Bills Monday added a fourth, Keith Wenning.
That gives the Bills two healthy quarterbacks, counting rookie backup Nathan Peterman, for Thursday night's preseason-finale against the Detroit Lions. Wenning is likely to take most, if not all, of the snaps in the game, but probably won't remain with the team past the upcoming roster reduction from 90 to 53.
Starter Tyrod Taylor and third-stringer T.J. Yates each suffered a concussion in last Saturday night's preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens, and neither is expected to play Thursday night.
The 6-foot-2, 223-pound Wenning has an understanding of the scheme of Bills offensive coordinator Rick Dennison. They were together with the Ravens in 2014, when they made Wenning a sixth-round draft pick from Ball State and Dennison was the Ravens' quarterbacks coach. Taylor was also in Baltimore that year, serving as Joe Flacco's backup.
Wenning was on the Ravens' practice squad in 2014 and was released by them in May, 2015.
He also spent time with the Cincinnati Bengals, who activated him late in the 2016 season, and was also on the New York Giants' practice squad.
Bills defensive tackle Adolphus Washington Monday was found not guilty of a misdemeanor charge of improperly carrying a concealed firearm, a Hamilton County (Ohio) Court clerk said.
The verdict, reached in a non-jury trial, stemmed from a July 9 arrest at a Cincinnati-area waterpark.
Washington, who joined the Bills last year as a third-round draft pick from Ohio State, could still be subject to NFL discipline.
For now, the biggest issue facing the Bills' quarterbacks is that half of them are dealing with concussions.
That shouldn't overshadow another problem that surfaced with all three of the team's QBs during Saturday night's preseason game: Passes batted down at the line.
It happened to Taylor in the first two series before a sack that caused him to fall hard on the back of his head and leave the game with a concussion.
It happened to Peterman, after he took over for Taylor and played into the third quarter. And it happened to Yates, after he replaced Peterman in the third quarter and later also suffered a concussion.
McDermott said the blame for defenders being able to deflect passes at the line goes beyond the quarterbacks. He put some of it on the offensive linemen as well.
"There’s a lot of hands in that jar," McDermott said. "There’s things, in terms of getting the ball out on time, in terms of how we play with our technique upfront, there’s a lot of things that go into it."
At 6-foot-1, Taylor is one of the shorter quarterbacks in the NFL, and no doubt that was a factor. But Peterman is 6-2 and Yates is 6-4.
McDermott's points about the timing of the release of the ball and blocking technique would seem to speak to the fact the Bills are still in the process of learning Dennison's scheme.
McDermott also credited the Ravens' defense for its efforts in knocking down the passes.
"They did a nice job, that’s a good defense," the coach said. "I think they’ve given 10 points up total in two games, and they did a nice job, give them a lot of credit for knocking those balls down and doing some good things defensively.
"I thought we did some good things offensively as well at times, and had some moments. We need more consistency overall."