Jacksonville Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Josh Allen (41) celebrates after he intercepted an errant pass from Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) during late third quarter action. The Jaguars were tied with the Bills 6 to 6 at the end of the first half and went on to win the game with a final score of 9 to 6. The Jacksonville Jaguars hosted the Buffalo Bills at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL, Sunday, November 7, 2021. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]

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Jags activate Josh Allen, Myles Jack, others from COVID list

The Jacksonville Jaguars activated linebackers Josh Allen and Myles Jack, wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. and four others from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.

Tight end Luke Farrell, defensive end/linebacker Jordan Smith and Damien Wilson also cleared the NFL’s health and safety protocol, as did rookie running back Travis Etienne. Etienne has been on injured reserve since suffering a season-ending Lisfranc injury to his left foot in the preseason.

The Jaguars (2-13) visit the New England Patriots (9-6) on Sunday.

Wilson leads the team with 99 tackles and Jack ranks second with 97. Allen has a team-high 5.5 sacks. Shenault is second on the squad in receptions (56) and receiving yards (544).

Jacksonville also signed veteran offensive lineman D.J. Fluker to the practice squad.

Fluker, 30, was a first-round pick in 2013 and has played in 108 games (96 starts) with the San Diego Chargers (2013-16), New York Giants (2017), Seattle Seahawks (2018-19) and Baltimore Ravens (2020).

–Field Level Media

Oct 10, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Dion Dawkins (73) gets ready to block for quarterback Josh Allen (17) during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Bills QB Josh Allen to start; LT Dion Dawkins tests positive

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen’s sprained left foot won’t keep him from starting Sunday’s game against the visiting Carolina Panthers.

However, Allen might be without starting left tackle Dion Dawkins, who has tested positive for COVID-19 again.

Bills coach Sean McDermott announced both developments during his weekly radio show Friday on WGR 550.

Allen was in a walking boot after being sacked three times in last Sunday’s 33-27 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday but was expected to be a full participant Friday, McDermott said.

Allen, 25, has passed for 3,524 yards, 28 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 13 starts this season. He has rushed for another 531 yards and four scores.

Dawkins, 27, endured a lengthy bout with the coronavirus during training camp. He has started all 13 games this season and has yet to miss a game since Buffalo selected him in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Dawkins’ streak of 77 consecutive games played (72 starts) is in jeopardy as the Bills (7-6) host the Panthers (5-8), but he has not been ruled out.

Under the revised protocols implemented by the NFL on Thursday, fully vaccinated players or staff can “test out” of the protocols under one of three complex testing scenarios and with the provision they are asymptomatic for at least 24 hours.

–Field Level Media

Dec 12, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA;  Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) avoids a tackle from Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Devin White (45) in the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Bills QB Josh Allen to undergo tests on injured foot

Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen is scheduled to undergo tests on his left foot on Monday after wearing a walking boot following the Bills 33-27 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

NFL Network reported Monday it’s a mild case of turf toe.

“(I) finished the game on it, so I don’t think it’s going to be a big deal,” Allen said, adding that “it’s pretty sore. It’s football.”

Allen, 25, was noticeably limping after a 23-yard run in the fourth quarter.

“Our medical staff checked with him,” coach Sean McDermott said Sunday. “There was talk about how he was, what could he do still. He’s a warrior and he played his butt off.”

In addition to throwing for 308 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, Allen rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown against the Bucs.

“There’s no way I was going out,” Allen said.

The loss dropped the Bills to 7-6. They remain in second place in the AFC East behind the New England Patriots.

–Field Level Media

Oct 31, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks to pass the ball against New Orleans Saints during the second half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Idle Tom Brady pulls even with Josh Allen in MVP race

Tom Brady came out of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Week 9 bye as the co-MVP favorite after his closest competitors endured a damaging week.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen was the +250 favorite last week, but he turned the ball over three times while leading the offense to only six points in a stunning loss at Jacksonville. His odds lengthened to +350 at BetMGM and DraftKings, as Allen and Brady are now the co-favorites at both sportsbooks.

Brady is also leading the way with 22 percent of the money at DraftKings backing him to win his fourth MVP award.

Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray is +500 at BetMGM and +750 at DraftKings after sitting out the Cardinals’ rout of the San Francisco 49ers due to an ankle injury. Matthew Stafford (+750, +800) saw his odds lengthen following the Rams’ lopsided home loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Dak Prescott’s odds also took a hit — from +700 to +900 at BetMGM and from +650 to +1200 at DraftKings — after the Dallas Cowboys had to rally late to avoid a shutout during a loss to the Denver Broncos.

Aaron Rodgers wasn’t even on the field for the Green Bay Packers’ loss to the Kansas City Chiefs after testing positive for COVID-19. Combined with the fallout from his explanation for not being vaccinated, and Rodgers’ MVP odds also slipped to +900 and +1200, respectively.

However, Rodgers, the reigning MVP, continues to be the most-backed candidate at DraftKings with 17 percent of the bets since the market opened. He’s also responsible for 10 percent of the money wagered at the book.

Another quarterback on the rise this week also hasn’t taken a snap in weeks. The news that Russell Wilson has been medically cleared to return for the Seattle Seahawks’ Week 10 game at Green Bay resulted in his MVP odds shortening from +25000 to +10000 at DraftKings.

Cincinnati wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase remains the -140 favorite to win Offensive Rookie of the Year honors, with New England quarterback Mac Jones (+350) his closest competitor.

Dallas linebacker Micah Parsons is coming off a 2.5-sack performance against Denver. He also has 21 tackles, including 7.0 for losses, in his past two games, resulting in his Defensive Rookie of the Year odds shortening from +600 to -120.

Parson has overtaken Broncos cornerback Patrick Surtain II, who moved from +500 last week to +1000 along with Giants linebacker Azeez Ojulari and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jayson Oweh.

–Field Level Media

Jul 29, 2021; Jacksonville, FL, USA;  Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Josh Allen (41) participates in training camp at Dream Finders Homes practice field Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars LB Josh Allen placed on reserve/COVID-19 list

The Jacksonville Jaguars placed linebacker Josh Allen on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.

Allen, 24, recorded 13 tackles and 2.5 sacks in eight games (seven starts) in 2020 before his season came to an end due to a knee injury.

Allen was the No. 7 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Kentucky.

He had 10.5 sacks, 23 quarterback hits and 44 tackles in 16 games (four starts) and made the Pro Bowl as a rookie.

–Field Level Media

Jul 28, 2021; Orchard Park, NY, United States; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) speaks with the media after practice at the Buffalo Bills Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Bills QB Josh Allen signs 6-year, $258M extension

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen agreed to a six-year extension through the 2028 season on Friday.

The team did not release financial details, but ESPN reported it was worth $258 million — $43 million per season — and includes $150 million guaranteed.

Allen, 25, is coming off a breakout season in 2020 in which he made the Pro Bowl, guided the Bills to their first AFC East title since 1995 and broke single-season team records for passing yards (4,544) and touchdown passes (37).

Buffalo lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, 38-24, in the AFC Championship Game.

Allen also broke the franchise records for completions (396), completion percentage (69.2), 300-yard games (eight) and total touchdowns (46) in 2020 and finished runner-up to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the league’s Most Valuable Player award.

Allen is 28-15 as a starter and has completed 61.8 percent of his passes for 9,707 yards with 67 touchdowns and 31 interceptions in 44 games (43 starts) since the Bills made him the No. 7 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He has also rushed for 1,562 yards and 25 touchdowns.

The $43 million average annual value makes Allen the second-highest-paid quarterback in the NFL, behind Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes ($45 million) and just ahead of the Dallas Cowboys’ Dak Prescott ($42M).

Allen is the first quarterback in the 2018 class to sign a long-term second contract. Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns’ Baker Mayfield are also in line for lucrative deals.

–Field Level Media

Bills quarterback Josh Allen celebrates with the crowd after beating the Ravens 17-3 in the AFC divisional playoff game.

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Bills lock up Josh Allen, Tremaine Edmunds for 2022

The Buffalo Bills made a formality official on Monday, picking up the fifth-year option for quarterback Josh Allen in 2022.

The team also announced it will retain its other first-round draft pick in 2018, linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, by picking up his option.

Allen will earn $23.1 million in 2022, with Edmunds being paid $12.72 million.

Allen, who turns 25 this month, has become wildly popular in Buffalo after leading the Bills to back-to-back playoff berths for the first time since 1998-99. He was named to the Pro Bowl after the 2020 season, when he guided the Bills to a 13-3 regular-season record.

They lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 38-24 in the AFC championship game in January.

In three seasons, Allen has a 28-15 record and has completed 61.8 percent of his passes for 9,707 yards, with 67 touchdowns and 31 interceptions. He has also rushed for 25 scores.

He had a stellar 2020 season, starting all 16 games. His completion rate was 69.2 percent and he connected for 4,544 yards with 37 touchdowns, setting franchise records and ranking in the top five in the NFL in each category. He also threw 10 interceptions and ran for eight TDs.

Allen is the only NFL player in history with at least 4,000 passing yards, 30 passing touchdowns and eight rushing touchdowns in a season.

Edmunds, 23, was the No. 16 overall selection in 2018. He is a two-time Pro Bowl honoree in his first three seasons in the NFL.

In 46 games for Buffalo, all starts, Edmunds has 355 tackles (19 for loss), 5 1/2 sacks, 24 passes defensed, three interceptions and two forced fumbles.

–Field Level Media