The Buffalo Bills continue to have a quarterback health quandary with starter Tyrod Taylor and third-stringer T.J. Yates still in concussion protocol.
How long will Taylor and Yates, each of whom suffered a concussion in last Saturday night's preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens, be kept out of practice and games? The Bills have no clue.
"Very little information flows out of that," coach Sean McDermott told reporters Tuesday. "We just respect what's going on there. They're in the protocol, and that's basically the information I get every day."
The uncertain status of Taylor and Yates forced the Bills to sign a fourth quarterback, Keith Wenning, Monday. McDermott said the Bills are planning to play Wenning and rookie Nate Peterman in Thursday night's preseason-finale against the Detroit Lions at New Era Field.
They would clearly prefer to give Wenning more action, because of the distinct possibility of Peterman starting in the Sept. 10 season-opener against the New York Jets.
"A lot of it just depends on how quickly Keith gets up to speed," the coach said. "It's a short week, so there's a challenge. But Keith's been in the system before, in Baltimore (during his rookie year in 2014, when Bills offensive coordinator Rick Dennison was the Ravens' quarterbacks coach). And that was the main attraction with Keith.
"He's a good football player, so look forward to seeing him in action Thursday night. How much remains to be seen. The balance of Nate and Keith are what we're driving at right now for Thursday night."
McDermott acknowledged he and his coaching staff are giving a great deal of thought to minimizing Peterman's exposure to injury.
"It's something we need to stay on top of and get the best feel we can with respect to Tyrod and T.J. and how that affects Week One," the coach said. "So we have to monitor that very closely."