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7 takeaways from Sean McDermott: Tyrod Taylor day to day with knee injury

Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor suffered a patellar tendon contusion in his left knee Sunday during a 23-3 loss to the New England Patriots and is listed as day to day, coach Sean McDermott said.

Taylor is still the Bills' starting quarterback when he's healthy, according to McDermott. His availability for the Bills' Week 14 game against the Indianapolis Colts is still up in the air.

"We'll see. We'll take it one day at a time right now," McDermott said Monday afternoon. "Everything's a little bit fluid right now. It's Monday. We're in the early stages of just, still, the medical evaluation and all that type of stuff, so we'll just take it one day at a time."

Taylor escaped any ligament damage when he was hurt on the first play of the game against the Patriots. He was tackled by Patriots linebacker after scrambling toward the Bills' sideline. He was shown limping back to the huddle after that play, but remained in the game until the fourth quarter.

"Based on the information we were getting from him and from our medical people at the time, it was the right decision," McDermott said of not taking Taylor out of the game sooner.

The Bills' coach said there were no discussions about removing Taylor from the game for a reason other than injury. Before being removed, Taylor was 9 of 18 for 65 yards and one interception.

"We talked about it from a medical standpoint," McDermott said. "And that was really it throughout the game. Anything other than that, no."

McDermott now finds himself in an interesting position when it comes to naming his starting quarterback. Taylor's mobility is a big part of his game, so if that's compromised by injury in some way, it's possible that the coach will feel like rookie Nathan Peterman gives the team a better chance to win.

"We're always going to do what's right for the team," he said. "That's what we've done in the past, that's what we'll continue to do moving forward."

2. Defensive end Shaq Lawson is week to week with an ankle injury suffered in Sunday's loss. That leaves the team with just three healthy defensive ends in Jerry Hughes, Eddie Yarbrough and Ryan Davis. McDermott said he has yet to meet with General Manager Brandon Beane about whether the team will need to add another player at the position before playing the Colts.

3. Running back Travaris Cadet and cornerback Tre'Davious White are in the NFL's concussion protocol. White was hurt on a dirty hit from Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski in the fourth quarter.

"He's in the concussion protocol. That's really all I can say right now about it," McDermott said when asked about White's condition.

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4. Cornerback Leonard Johnson "should be fine" after suffering a knee injury against the Patriots. That's good news since the Bills would have otherwise had just three healthy cornerbacks on the roster in E.J. Gaines, Shareece Wright and Lafayette Pitts.

Wright had been a healthy inactive the last three weeks, but will be back in the lineup if White can't play.

"I'm confident in Shareece," McDermott said. "We'll just see how things flow with our health at corner this week and how that affects Shareece."

Pitts played 19 defensive snaps against the Patriots with the injuries to White and Johnson.

"I thought he did some good things, namely on special teams. Then he went in there in the game. He's done that before and executed well," McDermott said. "He's done some good things for only being here ... for a few weeks."

5. McDermott expects wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin to be able to return to practice this week. Benjamin has missed the last two games with a torn meniscus in his right knee.

"It looks good," the coach said. "We'll still take it one day at a time, but we feel coming off last week, he's in a good position to practice."

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6. Running back Mike Tolbert, who has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury, is also expected back at practice this week. That's important given Cadet's uncertain status. The Bills do not have any other running backs on the 53-man roster behind starter LeSean McCoy, although Marcus Murphy is on the practice squad.

7. Left tackle Cordy Glenn's status remains unchanged. He missed his fourth straight game Sunday with ankle and foot injuries, but McDermott said the team has not considered shutting him down.

"We're just going to continue move forward and evaluate the situation on a day-to-day and week-to-week basis," McDermott said.

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