ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Sean McDermott made it pretty clear, without actually saying the words, that he felt the hit Josh Allen took on his right elbow from Houston linebacker Whitney Mercilus on Sunday was a cheap shot.
A shot that has knocked out the first-round rookie quarterback indefinitely with a sprain that could have been much worse.
“I’m not going to go into that,” McDermott said Wednesday, shortly after he announced that Derek Anderson would take over as the starting quarterback in Allen’s expected month-long absence. “I’ve addressed that with the powers that be and I’m not going to go any further on that.”
Watching the replay, it certainly looks like Mercilus lowered his helmet and aimed it right at Allen’s elbow, and in an age where protecting the quarterback seems to be more important than anything else, referee Craig Wrolstad did not throw a flag.
Not that it would have mattered because the damage was already done. Allen took a direct shot, and after playing one more snap and realizing the pain was too great, he took a knee and called for the trainers who then removed him from the game.
“Hindsight is 20-20, but it’s football, you know,” Allen said of the sandwich he became between Merciless from his right and Jadeveon Clowney from his left. “If it had just been Mercilus that hit me, I probably would have been fine; if it was just Clowney that hit me, I would have been fine, but they kind of came in together. I saw the replay and whether it was late or not, it’s not up to me to decide. I threw the ball and you take the brunt of the hit. And like I said, that’s football. It’s a man’s game, it’s a tough game. I still love this game, regardless of what happens.”
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