Bills rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman will start Sunday against the Colts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
First-string quarterback Tyrod Taylor suffered a patellar tendon contusion during last Sunday's loss to the Patriots and had to be carted to the locker room during the fourth quarter. Taylor injured his left knee of the first play of the play of the game and tried to play through it the rest of the way.
Taylor was limited in practice Thursday and Friday and is listed as questionable for the game. The official inactive lists will come out at 11:30 a.m.
A loss Sunday to the 3-9 Colts would just about end the Bills' playoff hopes, though they'd still be alive mathematically. The Bills enter Week 14 at 6-6, already one game back of the final wild-card spot.
Buffalo is expected to start rookie QB Nathan Peterman vs Colts with QB Tyrod Taylor questionable with a knee injury, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 10, 2017
Peterman relieved Taylor at the end of last Sunday's game, but this would be his first start since his woeful five-interception performance against the Chargers on Nov. 19. Peterman said this week that his confidence remains high despite owning one of the worst statistical games in NFL history.
"I think it’s always stayed high, that’s the thing," Peterman said. "You get a lot of advice as a quarterback that that’s the most valuable thing you have is your confidence. It definitely helped to get out there again and kind of be able to complete some balls and things like that on this past game, but my confidence has always stayed high."
For Taylor, missing the game would increase the possibility that he has played his final game for the Bills. Coach Sean McDermott said this week that Taylor is the team's starter when healthy, but the situation could change if the team is essentially eliminated from playoff contention, or if Peterman plays well in a victory.