With rookie quarterback Josh Allen out for the immediate future after suffering an elbow injury during Sunday’s loss to the Houston Texans, Buffalo Bills Coach Sean McDermott faced an unenviable dilemma: Should he start veteran Derek Anderson, even though he has been with the team for all of a week and has started exactly four games over the past seven seasons, or Nathan Peterman, who has been a bad NFL quarterback.
In the end, the Bills are going to go with the rusty veteran: McDermott announced Wednesday that Anderson will start Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Peterman’s short NFL career has been disastrous. Of his 79 career pass attempts, nine (11.4 percent) have been intercepted. Infamously known for becoming the first NFL player to throw five interceptions in his first start (accomplishing that rare feat in just two quarters last season against the Los Angeles Chargers), he has added four more picks in two appearances this season; two of those interceptions came Sunday after he replaced Allen in the third quarter, and one of them was returned for a Texans touchdown.
So it came as no surprise to read a report from ESPN’s Dianna Russini saying McDermott risked losing the Bills' locker room if he went with Peterman again.
McDermott addressed that issue during a chat with reporters Wednesday.
“I’m always going to do what I feel is right for this football team,” he said, per Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News. “I certainly trust and have a heck of a lot of respect for our locker room.”
Anderson, 35, has spent the bulk of his NFL career as a backup for the Carolina Panthers, much of that time overlapping with McDermott, who was Carolina’s defensive coordinator from 2011 to 2016. He also has one year of experience working under Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll when both were with the Cleveland Browns in 2009.
It all has come full circle for Anderson and the Bills. In October 2009 with the Browns, he had this start for the ages against Buffalo:
According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Allen injured the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow Sunday and, though the injury is not considered major, the 2-4 Bills are in no hurry to rush him back.
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