CLEVELAND – Buffalo Bills quarterback AJ McCarron suffered a hairline fracture in his collarbone in Friday night's preseason game against the Cleveland Browns, The Buffalo News has learned.
A source close to McCarron confirmed the injury.
McCarron, who was competing for the starting job with rookie Josh Allen and Nathan Peterman, started the game and was hit multiple times in the first quarter. He was believed to have sustained the injury when being hit hard from behind by defensive end Myles Garrett.
McCarron went 3-for-6 for 12 yards and was sacked once. He led the Bills on drives of 5, -6, 5 and 3 yards in his four possessions and the offense did not produce a first down.
"All I really know right now is he hurt his right shoulder area," coach Sean McDermott said in his postgame news conference. He said the injury would be evaluated when the team returned to Buffalo.
McDermott declined to address the quarterback rotation. "With respect to the quarterback questions, we'll evaluate the tape."
McCarron was not made available after the game.
The Bills signed McCarron as a free agent from the Cincinnati Bengals, where he spent the past four seasons as a backup to Andy Dalton.
"I don’t care who it is, that is tough for any organization," said Browns coach Hue Jackson, who worked with McCarron in Cincinnati. "I hope that is not the case. I hope he is OK.”