The scene certainly looked like the end of an era.
Tyrod Taylor, a towel draped over his head, was carted off the field Sunday in the fourth quarter of a lopsided loss to the New England Patriots. A short time later, the Buffalo Bills ruled their starting quarterback out for the remainder of the game.
Oftentimes when that happens, it portends a long-term injury. Coach Sean McDermott didn’t have any specifics, saying “he’s being evaluated and that remains the case.”
McDermott said he wanted to hold off on naming a starter for next week, but with only four games remaining, Taylor’s future once again is very much in doubt. Which means it could be Nathan Peterman time again.
The rookie quarterback replaced Taylor, going 6 of 15 for 50 yards in mostly garbage time. While that wouldn’t usually be anything to write home about, it was a vast improvement from the five-interception disaster Peterman had in his Week 11 start against the Los Angeles Chargers.
“I worked on blocking that out the day after it happened, really,” he said. “You don’t want to come out like that your first time, but I’ve moved on and learned a lot from it. I learned a lot from this as well, just trying to get better with all the reps.”
Peterman nearly drove the Bills to a touchdown, but the drive stalled at the New England 1-yard line. On fourth and goal, a fade pattern to rookie receiver Zay Jones fell incomplete.
“I felt prepared,” Peterman said. “Obviously, the coaches did a great job preparing us all week, and I just think we left a few things out there. We could have had a couple touchdowns probably there, especially when you get down to the red zone, you need to score there. We have to get better.”
Even if Taylor’s injury isn’t long term – NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Taylor has told people close to him that he’s going to be OK, but more tests are forthcoming – it’s fair to wonder if McDermott might once again insert Peterman into the lineup.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Peterman said. “Every single week, it’s kind of a boring answer, but it’s the same thing, I’m ready because that’s my job. Wherever they want me to play, second string or whatever, I’m going to be ready, and that’s the same approach this week.”