Nov 13, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) runs with the ball against the Minnesota Vikings during the first half at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Bills QB Josh Allen (elbow) in line to play against Browns

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen appears to set to play in Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns in Detroit after not receiving an injury designation on Friday.

Allen has been dealing with a tender throwing elbow and he was a limited practice participant all week. Part of Buffalo’s treatment plan for Allen is to limit his throwing during the week.

Allen has passed for 2,733 yards, 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and added 476 yards and four TDs on the ground.

Buffalo didn’t practice Friday due to the heavy snowstorm that hit the area, which could also impact the ability to travel out of New York. The contest was moved to Detroit because of the storm that is expected to drop between 3 to 6 feet of snow.

Bills standout safety Jordan Poyer (elbow) is questionable, along with cornerback Kaiir Elam (ankle) and fullback Reggie Gilliam (illness). Middle linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (groin, heel), defensive end Greg Rousseau (ankle) and receiver Josh Kumerow (ankle) were ruled out.

Browns tight end David Njoku (ankle) was a limited practice participant on Friday and is questionable for the game. Ruled out for Cleveland are defensive backs Greg Newsome II (head) and D’Anthony Bell (concussion), guard Michael Dunn (back) and defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey (head).

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; General view of snow covered seats at Highmark Stadium prior to the game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Buffalo Bills. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Bills, Browns prepare for possible Snow Bowl

Josh Allen’s tender elbow is improving, but the outlook is deep for Sunday’s game between the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns at Orchard Park, N.Y.

More than five feet of snow is expected to blanket the area later this week, and a blizzard of that nature would surely hinder offense.

The storm comes as the Bills (6-3) look to halt a two-game skid and the Browns (3-6) attempt to ignite fading postseason hopes.

The scene in the Buffalo area could be similar to a Dec. 10, 2017, snow game between the Bills and Indianapolis Colts. Buffalo won that contest 13-7 in overtime.

The Indianapolis quarterback that day was Jacoby Brissett, who will be the starter for Cleveland nearly five years later.

“I don’t want to talk about the results of the game,” Brissett said when reminded of that cold day in which he completed 11 of 22 passes for 69 yards and one touchdown.

Asked how players can deal with so much snow, Brissett said, “I’m from Florida, so no, I wouldn’t know. I’m the wrong person to ask. I really won’t think about it.”

Both coaches are thinking about the many unknowns the conditions could prompt. The game could even be moved.

“We’ve already started to put a plan in place behind the scenes of what happens if we can’t get in Friday, what happens if we can’t get in Saturday or to the hotel Saturday evening (where the team stays the night before games) with that being downtown,” Buffalo coach Sean McDermott said.

Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said Wednesday, “I wouldn’t say (we have) two separate game plans, but when weather is a factor as it might be, you’re always thinking about having plays that you might turn to should it be a major factor.

“Jacoby played in a whiteout in this stadium in 2017, so he’s used to it. Alex Van Pelt is on staff, and he played there for many years. The guys are prepared for it if that’s what it turns out being.”

Meanwhile, Allen was a limited practice participant on Wednesday in a practice switched to individual and position work due to a shortage of available players. Allen is still experiencing soreness in his throwing elbow.

Allen has thrown two interceptions in each of the past three games. He did pass for 330 yards and one touchdown in last week against the Vikings, but his turnovers, including a lost fumble, were key to Minnesota’s comeback for a 33-30 overtime win.

Allen said he has been spending hours daily with trainers and the strength and conditioning staff.

“It’ll get to a point where it’s back to normal and I don’t feel it and don’t have to worry about it,” Allen said. “But until that time comes, just being smart with it and making sure I’m not doing anything stupid in walkthroughs, not throwing it very hard and just staying in the training room and still getting treatment on it.”

Allen has passed for 2,733 yards, 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and added 476 yards and four TDs on the ground to help the Bills lead the NFL in total offense (424.1 yards per game) and rank second in scoring (27.8 per game).

Bills wideout Stefon Diggs is 15 yards away from his fifth consecutive 1,000-yard season.

Cleveland running back Nick Chubb ranks third in the NFL with 904 rushing yards and has scored 11 times on the ground. Brissett has passed for 2,074 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions.

Browns standout offensive tackle Jack Conklin (foot) was a full practice participant Wednesday and is expected to play.

Buffalo safety Jordan Poyer (elbow) was limited in practice on Wednesday while middle linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (groin, heel) was among those who sat out.

The Bills have won four of their past six meetings with the Browns.

–Field Level Media

Nov 6, 2022; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) throws in the first half against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Bills QB Josh Allen active vs. Vikings

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen will be active for Sunday’s game against the visiting Minnesota Vikings, multiple outlets reported.

Allen did not practice until Friday — on a limited basis — due to a right elbow injury sustained on the final drive of last weekend’s loss to the New York Jets.

Coach Sean McDermott said Friday that Allen’s status was “hour-to-hour.” Allen is officially listed as questionable for the Bills (6-2) against the Vikings (7-1).

Former Minnesota quarterback Case Keenum would draw the start should Allen be unable to play.

Allen, 26, is having an MVP-caliber season, completing 64.1 percent of his passes for 2,403 yards, 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He has rushed for 392 yards and four scores.

–Field Level Media

Nov 6, 2022; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
New York Jets defensive end Jermaine Johnson (52) takes down Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) in the 4th quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Bills QB Josh Allen to be limited by elbow sprain

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen is expected to be limited this week with a sprained right elbow, NFL Network reported Wednesday.

The goal for Allen is to “manage” the injury without missing a game, per the report, including Week 10 against the Minnesota Vikings.

The Bills practice Wednesday, when coach Sean McDermott could discuss the short-term plan at the position. Veteran Case Keenum would be in line to start against one of his former teams in Minnesota if Allen rests this week.

Allen said Sunday night he felt “slight pain” in what he described as a bruise on his throwing elbow, an injury incurred in the Bills’ loss to the New York Jets.

McDermott said Monday afternoon that a clearer picture of the injury would be gleaned by the Bills’ medical team in the next 24 hours, creating some doubt about Allen’s availability.

Allen had a sprained UCL in his right elbow in 2018 and is believed to be dealing with a similar injury.

In addition to four interceptions, Allen has been sacked seven times the past two games.

After a strip-sack by Jets edge rusher Bryce Huff in the final minute of Sunday’s game, Allen was flexing his right wrist and opening and closing a clinched fist.

Buffalo recovered the fumble and Allen remained on the field. Two plays later he let go of a dart from his own 10-yard line that carried 70 yards in the air but resulted in an incompletion to Gabe Davis.

“It’s tough to win in this league when you’re playing a good team and your quarterback plays like —,” Allen said after the game.

Allen scored two first-half rushing touchdowns to put the Bills up 14-3. He completed 18 of 34 passes for 205 yards and two interceptions and fumbled twice, but the Bills recovered.

–Field Level Media

Nov 6, 2022; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) tried a 4 down and 21 pass but it was inclomplete to ice the game for the Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Bills QB Josh Allen undergoing tests on bruised elbow

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen underwent further testing on his bruised right elbow on Monday.

Allen said Sunday night he felt “slight pain” in what he described as a bruise on his throwing elbow, an injury incurred in the Bills’ loss to the New York Jets.

Head coach Sean McDermott said Monday afternoon that a clearer picture of the injury would be gleaned by the Bills’ medical team in the next 24 hours, creating some doubt about Allen’s availability for Week 10.

NFL Network reported Monday that Allen is expected to be limited in practice this week. Case Keenum is the No. 2 quarterback for Buffalo and would be in line to face one of his former teams, the Minnesota Vikings, if Allen is ruled out for Week 10.

Allen had a sprained UCL in his right elbow in 2018.

In addition to four interceptions, Allen has been sacked seven times the past two games.

After a strip-sack by Jets edge rusher Bryce Huff in the final minute of Sunday’s game, Allen was flexing his right wrist and opening and closing a clinched fist.

Buffalo recovered the fumble and Allen remained on the field. Two plays later he let go of a dart from his own 10-yard line that carried 70 yards in the air but resulted in an incompletion to Gabe Davis.

“It’s tough to win in this league when you’re playing a good team and your quarterback plays like —,” Allen said after the game.

Allen scored two first-half rushing touchdowns to put the Bills up 14-3. He completed 18 of 34 passes for 205 yards and two interceptions and fumbled twice, but the Bills recovered.

–Field Level Media

Oct 23, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA;  Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) runs for a first down before he is stopped by Seattle Seahawks linebacker Jordyn Brooks (56) in the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (hamstring) to sit out vs. Falcons

Los Angeles Chargers receiver Keenan Allen will miss Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons due to his left hamstring injury.

Allen, a five-time Pro Bowler, has been experiencing hamstring issues all season.

He was hurt in the season opener against the Las Vegas Raiders and missed the next five games. He returned against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 7 but didn’t play in the second half.

Allen then experienced a setback during the team’s bye week and hasn’t swiftly recovered.

“I don’t think it was a re-strain or anything,” Allen said earlier in the week. “Just some more scar tissue that’s trying to break off. Whenever it’s ready to heal … just gotta let it do its own thing.”

Allen had four receptions for 66 yards against the Raiders in the opener before sustaining the injury. Against Seattle, he had two catches for 11 yards.

Allen has 736 receptions for 8,612 yards and 48 touchdowns in 118 games over 10 seasons with the Chargers, the first four in San Diego before the team’s move to Los Angeles following the 2016 season.

Allen has caught at least 100 passes in four of the past five seasons. He had 97 receptions in the other.

He also has five 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

The Chargers remain without receiver Mike Williams (ankle) and kicker Dustin Hopkins (hamstring). Also ruled out for Sunday’s game are tight end Donald Parham Jr. (hamstring), outside linebacker Chris Rumph II (knee) and defensive lineman Jerry Tillery (back).

Atlanta ruled out cornerback A.J. Terrell (hamstring) and guard Elijah Wilkinson (knee).

–Field Level Media

Sep 11, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) tries to break free from the grasp of Las Vegas Raiders safety Tre'von Moehrig (25) in the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (hamstring) could return vs. Seahawks

Los Angeles Chargers receiver Keenan Allen is a game-time decision for Sunday’s home game against the Seattle Seahawks, coach Brandon Staley said Friday.

Allen has missed the past five games after injuring his left hamstring in Week 1 against the Las Vegas Raiders. He is officially listed as questionable.

“(He’s) closer, had a good week, was in practice, not only individual but during team,” Staley said. “It was a good day today and we’ll see how he responds tomorrow.”

Allen said he has “high hopes” of playing against Seattle. The Chargers have a bye the following week.

“Felt good in there,” Allen said of Friday’s practice. “It was solid. Felt good on the game speed.”

Allen had four receptions for 66 yards against the Raiders before sustaining the injury.

The five-time Pro Bowl selection had 734 receptions for 8,601 yards and 48 touchdowns in 117 games over 10 seasons with the Chargers, the first four in San Diego before the team’s move to Los Angeles following the 2016 season.

Allen has caught at least 100 passes in four of the past five seasons. He had 97 receptions in the other.

He also has five 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

Running back Joshua Kelley (knee), receiver Joshua Palmer (concussion) and tight end Donald Parham Jr. (concussion) also were ruled out. Defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph-Day (ankle) is questionable.

The Chargers will also be without kicker Dustin Hopkins, who injured his right hamstring in Monday night’s 19-16 win over the Denver Broncos and will miss two to four weeks. Taylor Bertolet will handle the kicking.

–Field Level Media

Aug 17, 2022; Costa Mesa, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers receiver Keenan Allen (13) runs with the ball against the Dallas Cowboys during joint practice at Jack Hammett Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers WR Keenan Allen ruled out, CB J.C. Jackson to play

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen was ruled out for Sunday’s game against the host Houston Texans.

Allen injured his hamstring during the Chargers’ Week 1 win over the Las Vegas Raiders and hasn’t played since. After practicing in a limited fashion on Wednesday and Thursday, he did not participate on Friday.

The 30-year-old made each of the past five Pro Bowls and has spent his entire career with the franchise since he was drafted by the then-San Diego Chargers in 2013. He has caught 734 receptions for 8,601 yards and 48 touchdowns over 117 games.

Two other important Chargers starters returned to full practice and are expected to play: quarterback Justin Herbert (ribs) and cornerback J.C. Jackson (ankle). While Herbert started practicing in full on Thursday, Jackson’s status was less certain until he was a full participant on Friday.

Center Corey Linsley (knee) did not practice Friday and was listed as questionable, along with tight end Donald Parham Jr. (hamstring).

The Texans ruled out tight end Brevin Jordan (ankle) and offensive lineman Austin Deculus (ankle).

–Field Level Media

Patriots defensive end #9 Matthew Judon tries to run down Ravens QB Lamar Jackson in the 1st quarter.

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2022 NFL MVP futures lean Lamar Jackson, Jalen Hurts

Lamar Jackson leads the NFL in touchdown passes, passer rating and is fourth in rushing, the type of stuff MVP seasons are built upon.

Betting on himself in contract negotiations with the Baltimore Ravens, Jackson has plenty of others betting on him, too.

Jackson closed the gap in MVP futures betting to +700 (FanDuel), behind only Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs (+600, FanDuel) and Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (+300).

There’s another QB in the picture: Philadelphia’s Jalen Hurts is also +700 (FanDuel) for the undefeated Eagles.

Jackson pushed the Ravens past the New England Patriots in a 37-26 shootout on the heels of a 42-38 loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 2. Credit Jackson for keeping the Ravens rolling while the defense hasn’t been up to typical standards.

He had a double-triple — more than 100 yards rushing and passing — for the 14th game in his career.

In three games, Jackson has 10 TD passes and a rating of 119.0. After rushing for 119 yards and a score against Miami, he added 107 yards and a touchdown in the win over the Patriots. Jackson, who won the 2019 MVP award, is averaging 9.3 yards per carry this season.

DraftKings bumped Hurts (+600) ahead of Jackson (+700), who is even with Mahomes. Allen is the DK favorite for MVP at +300. Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is No. 5 on their list at +1400.

Hurts and Jackson are tied at +700 at Caesars Sportsbook behind Mahomes +550 and Allen +300. Tagovailoa is +1400 at Caesars followed by Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (+1600) and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (+1800).

Week 1 darling Justin Jefferson of the Minnesota Vikings has settled at +6000 at Caesars and +7500 at FanDuel, the same odds available for Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, Saints quarterback Jameis Winston and Colts quarterback Matt Ryan.

–Field Level Media

Sep 19, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) scores on a 26-yard touchdown run against Minnesota Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson (7) and safety Camryn Bynum (24) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

QB3? Eagles’ Jalen Hurts pushing Allen, Mahomes in MVP odds

Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles are creating waves in NFL futures betting markets.

Hurts scored a pair of rushing TDs and tossed one in a 24-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings Monday night that has the Eagles at 2-0 to start the season.

Hurts continues to see his MVP odds hiked and he’s third behind favorite Josh Allen, the Buffalo Bills quarterback, and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes at multiple sportsbooks.

Caesars Sportsbook lists Hurts at +800, Mahomes +450 and Allen +300. FanDuel has Hurts +1000, Mahomes +460 and Allen +340. DraftKings goes Hurts (+800), Mahomes (+500) and Allen (+350).

Justin Herbert of the Los Angeles Chargers is fourth at all three books and Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens No. 5.

A different QB is listed No. 6 at all three books: Aaron Rodgers (+1700, FanDuel), Tua Tagovailoa (+1800, Caesars) and Russell Wilson (+2000, DraftKings).

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp is the first non-QB listed in MVP futures at FanDuel (+7500) and DraftKings (+6500), but Caesars has Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson and Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor even at +6000.

–Field Level Media