Buffalo Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman suffered a head injury in the third quarter and had to be taken into the locker room for further evaluation. That left third-string QB and core special teamer Joe Webb to run the offense.
Peterman dove head-first on a keeper and was hit by linebacker Antonio Morrison and defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins as he went to the ground. Teammates immediately called for trainers and a brief shoving match ensued. There was no foul called on the hit.
Right tackle Jordan Mills was also injured on the play and had to be replaced briefly by rookie Connor McDermott, who had never played an offensive snap in his career.
The change at quarterback didn't seem to affect the gameplan much, which was run, run and run some more amid driving snow that continued into the second half. The Bills had 32 runs and 11 passes through three quarters while the Colts had 33 and nine.
LeSean McCoy carried five times for 7 yards in the quarter while Mike Tolbert busted loose for a 25-yard gain but fumbled at the end of it, though the Colts couldn't make anything of their possession.
Schmidt performing well: Colton Schmidt had a 48-yard punt in the third quarter that flipped the field from the Buffalo 27 to the Indianapolis 25. He was averaging 41.0 yards through three quarters.