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McDermott: Josh Allen's starting will get him familiar with game week routine

Bills coach Sean McDermott wasn't ready to proclaim that rookie Josh Allen could win the starting job with a strong performance in Sunday's preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

“We’re just taking it one day at a time right now," McDermott said.

McDermott said he wanted Allen to go through the "routine" of a normal week with a Sunday game and practices Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. That includes what McDermott termed the "distractions." He noted that McCarron and Peterman already have started games in their careers.

Allen has learned just about everything the Bills do, McDermott said, so preparing to start is another step in the development process.

"This is all part of the plan, part of the process at this point in this stage of his development," McDermott said.

McDermott said he did not want to reveal whether Peterman will get time with the starters on Sunday for strategic reasons.


Quarterback AJ McCarron will practice on a limited basis. McCarron was originally diagnosed with a hairline fracture of his collarbone at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland on Friday night. McDermott said Sunday that tests were inconclusive when McCarron was examined in Buffalo. Additional tests revealed that McCarron did not have a fracture, but he remains sore. McDermott said the Bills are not planning to add another quarterback at this point.

Running back LeSean McCoy and defensive lineman Trent Murphy are both listed as day-to-day with groin injuries. Offensive tackle Dion Dawkins is also listed as day-to-day with a hip injury.


Ryan Groy will start at center Sunday. He also started the preseason opener against Carolina.

Marshall Bodine, a free-agent signee from Cincinnati, started last week against Cleveland.

McDermott said the competition remains open.

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