After reportedly suffering a broken collarbone in the Bills’ preseason victory over the Cleveland Browns Friday night, the injury isn’t as bad as initially believed to be to quarterback A.J. McCarron’s throwing shoulder.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, McCarron did not suffer a broken collarbone and is expected to return to practice soon.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport added to the intrigue, Tweeting McCarron will return to the field when the “soreness” goes away.
After a few days of testing, #Bills QB AJ McCarron received good news. It was not a hairline fracture, as I was told (@AdamSchefter on it 1st). McCarron is day-to-day and should practice when the soreness goes away. Sounded like he was in a lot of pain so unclear when that is.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 20, 2018
On Sunday, head coach Sean McDermott said the quarterback was receiving a second opinion on his injured shoulder and on Monday added, “we’re still working some thing here. He will not practice today, so there’s no real change as far as that’s concerned.”
McCarron was tabbed as the starter in the Bills’ second preseason game, but struggled to move the chains with the first team offense. He finished 3-for-6 with 12 passing yards and failed to lead Buffalo to a first down, going 3-and-out in all four of the series he played before rookie Josh Allen entered in the second quarter.
In Buffalo’s first preseason game against the Panthers, the former Alabama standout looked poised in the pocket and made quick, accurate throws. He ended that game 7-for-10 for 116 yards while working the Bills’ second unit.