A quick-paced first quarter ended with a Bills’ lead and big scare.
Defensive end Jerel Worthy left the game early in the first half with a head injury and did not return.
The fourth-year veteran had to be helped off the field and into the locker room following a head-to-head collision with another player on the final play of the first quarter with the Bills up 10-0 on the Detroit Lions.
Worthy lay on his back, motionless, for several minutes while team trainers surrounded him at midfield. Concerned teammates stood huddled together nearby.
Eventually, Worthy was helped to his feet and slowly led to the locker room with a trainer holding him up on either side.
In other injury news… Offensive tackle Michael Ola had to be helped off the field just minutes into the game because of a left ankle injury.
Ola was hurt after another player rolled up on his foot with 11:49 to go in the first quarter. The training staff taped his ankle on the sideline, but it did little good. He gingerly limped to the locker room with 2:52 remaining in the first quarter. Ola did not return.
The Bills -- who won their first game of the preseason -- didn’t have any quarterback issues against the Lions with rookie Nathan Peterman starting the game 6-for-6 and leading two scoring drives that ended with a Stephen Hausckha field goal and a 21-yard touchdown run by Jonathan Williams. But it’s still unclear when the Bills true No. 1 starter, Tyrod Taylor, will be back. Taylor was on the field wearing a hoodie and sweats as he signed autographs pregame. Both he and T.J. Yates are still in the concussion protocol.
Speaking of quarterbacks, new addition Keith Wenning didn’t particularly impress. But considering he signed on Monday, his performance in relief of Peterman wasn’t too shabby.
A solid performance in the fourth and final preseason game often isn’t enough to earn a bubble player a spot on the 53-man roster. But Brandon Reilly made a strong case for sticking around.
The Nebraska product continued his strong offseason on Thursday night, making the most of his two catches for 27 yards (including a 15-yard reception).
…Local product Jordan Johnson capped a 10-play, 80-yard fourth-quarter scoring drive with a 2-yard touchdown run to put the Bills up 27-3. It was a pretty sweet deal for the Amherst native and UB alum, who won three sectional championships for Sweet Home High School at New Era Field.
…Cornerback Greg Maybin, another rookie looking to make the roster, recorded his second interception of the preseason towards the end of the third quarter. The rookie picked off a pass in the end zone to thwart a potential Lions’ scoring drive.
It appeared Marcell Dareus might start on defense, but the embattled defensive tackle did not play. Dareus drew the ire of the front office and fans with his latest misstep, being sent home from Baltimore last week after violating a team rule. … Receiver Jordan Matthews also was in uniform and pads, but did not play. … Cordy Glenn (foot) saw his first preseason action.