McDermott remains mum on starting quarterback ahead of preseason finale, season opener

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Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) is sacked by Cincinnati Bengals’ Carl Lawson (58) and Carlos Dunlap (96) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

24 hours after his first team offense struggled for the second straight preseason game, head coach Sean McDermott was still undecided as to who he’ll turn to for the season opener on Sept. 9 against the Baltimore Ravens.

“No further developments from last night at this point,” McDermott told reporters Monday in Orchard Park. “We’re still coming off the game, and again, it is a little bit unique (having practice) the next day and not having a day off, so we’re still coming off the game and going through and prepossessing all of that information right now.”

So, when is an ideal time to have a starter?

“I think the ultimate goal is that you know who your starting quarterback is when you come into the spring and into the fall camp, that’s ideal,” McDermott said.  “We’re still working through that with our situation, which is to be expected a little bit with drafting Josh Allen this year, and having a young player in Nate Peterman and then AJ (McCarron) coming in through free agency.  There’s been good competition there and all three have played at a high level.”

McCarron did not play against Cincinnati on Sunday but was back at practice on Monday.

First believed to have suffered a broken collar bone against the Browns 10 days ago, McDermott indicated the shoulder soreness had started to subside with McCarron.

“It’s improved dramatically,” McDermott said.  “It really has. You saw him out there, I believe, in the warmups yesterday and the last couple of days. He looks good to go.”

As it pertains to health, the Bills are now faced with playing for the second time in five days as they wrap up the preseason and who will start the finale against the Bears as the quarterback battle continues.

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