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Taylor listed as day-to-day; McDermott says Taylor is starter 'when healthy'

Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor has a patellar tendon contusion and is being listed as day-to-day, coach Sean McDermott said at his Monday news conference. McDermott said the knee ligaments are "fine."

McDermott also made clear that the left knee injury will not be an excuse to change quarterback to rookie Nathan Peterman.

"When healthy, Tyrod is our QB," he said.

But what does healthy mean? "I will always do what's best for our team," McDermott said.

Taylor was injured on the first series Sunday against New England but remained in the game until the fourth quarter. He was carted to the locker room.

McDermott says he talked "early on" about taking Taylor out from a medical standpoint. But "anything other than that, no," he says when asked if he considered taking Taylor out from a production standpoint.

Whomever is the quarterback, he likely will have wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who has been sidelined with a knee injury suffered against the Chargers two weeks ago. McDermott said Benjamin is looking "good" for Sunday's game against Indianapolis, but the team will see how practice goes this week.

In other injury news:

  • Cornerback Tre'Davious White remains in the NFL's concussion protocol after enduring a late hit from the Patriots' Rob Gronkowski after White made a fourth quarter interception. McDermott said any discipline for Gronkowski will be issued by the league and he has no comment.
  • Backup running back Travaris Cadet is also in the concussion protocol, McDermott said.
  • Shaq Lawson is week-to-week with an ankle injury.
  • Leonard Johnson is still being evaluated with a knee injury.
  • McDermott said there is no change in left tackle Cordy Glenn's status. He remains week-to-week with foot/ankle injuries.
  • Mike Tolbert and Nick O'Leary should be able to return to practice this week, McDermott said. Tolbert has been out for three weeks with a hamstring injury. O'Leary did not play Sunday with a back injury. Having Tolbert available would be key with Cadet in the concussion protocol.

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