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Josh Allen 'anxious' to return from elbow injury

Nov
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11/8/2018 12:20:14 PM
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Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen practiced Wednesday on a limited basis and is itching to get back, Leo Roth of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports.

“Things were just starting to slow down for me, so I’m anxious to get back out there and see if that continues. With the help of (those around me), I think it will,'' Allen said.

The Bills' prized first-round draft pick is very close to getting medical clearance to return to the lineup, perhaps as soon as Sunday when the Bills (2-7) face the New York Jets (3-6) at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands.

The Bills' prized first-round draft pick is very close to getting medical clearance to return to the lineup, perhaps as soon as Sunday when the Bills (2-7) face the New York Jets (3-6) at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands.

Allen was injured on Oct. 14 when he was sandwiched between Houston defenders Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus.

He began throwing last weekend and at practice Wednesday, he was throwing the ball with good velocity and at varying distances. He wore a brace-like wrap.

“I feel good, I’m just trusting the process and trying to get back and feel normal out there again,'' said Allen, who has been on a pitch count of 100 passes.

“We’re still taking it day to day, just kind of working through it where there’s not any soreness or stiffness and just getting back into the swing of playing football again. I was limited but I felt good throwing the ball, that’s what I love to do so I’m happy.’’

Allen made it clear he's eager to play this week.

“Sitting on the sideline and charting plays isn’t fun but it definitely helped me and I think it’ll make me an improved quarterback in the long run,'' he said. "It’s frustrating not playing, I’m a competitor. The reason I want to be on the field is to help my team and when I can’t do that, it hurts. So to be back out with the guys, strapping it up, it feels like football again.’’

“I don’t think it affected me negatively, actually it’s a blessing in disguise,'' he said. "I got to see a vet come in and really control the offense the way it needs to be. I got to learn and sit back. I experienced a prime-time game (the New England game), the ups and downs of professional football without actually having to go through it. I think it will help me in the long run.’’

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