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Infant Darryl Johnson Jersey , for once.Rookie quarterback Josh Allen resumed throwing for the first time in three weeks since spraining his right elbow, and there's a possibility he could play against the New York Jets this weekend.Coach Sean McDermott wouldn't rule out Allen from playing Sunday, but was cautious in adding, "I'm going to take it day to day at this point."Allen began testing his arm on Friday, and continued through the weekend, McDermott said. On Monday, Allen threw about 100 passes during a workout, which translates into an average workload during a normal practice.McDermott stressed he's going to take a cautious approach regarding Allen, and noted one option is providing him additional time to heal with Buffalo (2-7) entering its bye week after playing at New York.Should he play, the matchup against the Jets (3-6) would pit the Bills rookie against quarterback Sam Darnold, who was drafted third overall, four spots ahead of Allen.Allen has been out since being hurt during a 20-13 loss at Houston on Oct. 14, which began the Bills' four-game skid.Buffalo's quarterback position has been in flux since and contributed to a sputtering offense which has scored 20 points in its past three games and an NFL-worst 96 overall this season.Derek Anderson turned the ball over six times in two starts before sustaining a concussion in a 25-6 loss to New England last week. Nathan Peterman threw three interceptions in a 41-9 loss to Chicago on Sunday.Anderson remains in the NFL's concussion protocol.Should Allen not be ready Darryl Johnson Jersey Draft , McDermott said Anderson would be the next in line to start if he's cleared to play.In updating other injuries, McDermott said running back Chris Ivory has been released from the hospital after being evaluated for what he called "internal issues" separate from a shoulder injury he sustained against Chicago. Ivory is considered day to day.Starting tight end Charles Clay is listed week to week after hurting his hamstring on Sunday.Allen's pending return is an encouraging sign for an offense that's been anemic no matter who's behind center. The 22-year-old has a 2-3 record since taking over the job in Week 2, and lost plenty of developmental opportunities while being sidelined."It's never easy for a young player to miss reps, valuable reps. But it's offered a nice perspective in kind of a glass-half-full in terms of his development," McDermott said. "He's had a chance to watch, take a step back and learn while being on the sideline."It couldn't have been easy watching.Buffalo has scored just two touchdowns in its past five games, and Peterman's 1-yard run against Chicago ended a TD drought that spanned 187 minutes and 19 seconds. With just eight touchdowns all season, the Bills are one of just 13 teams since 1940 with that many or fewer through nine games, according to Pro Football Reference."To get the results we've gotten on that side of the ball in particular leaves you frustrated, leaves you empty-handed," McDermott said. "Our fan base deserves better. That's what we're committed to do. That's what I came here to do, and to do it the right way. It takes some time."And, though McDermott won't acknowledge it publicly Darryl Johnson NFL Jersey , it'll take more talent.Buffalo's offensive line is a patchwork unit that lost two starters — center Eric Wood and guard Richie Incognito — this offseason.Protection is an issue. Buffalo's 33 sacks are the second-most allowed in the NFL.And the running attack has ground to a halt with LeSean McCoy having combined for 23 yards on 22 carries over the past two games."We have a lot of work to do, a lot of getting better to do. Not where we need to be," offensive coordinator Brian Daboll said.The Bills claimed receiver Isaiah McKenzie on Monday, three days after he was placed on waivers by Denver. He was used mostly as a kickoff and punt returner in 12 career games, including one this season, since being selected in the fifth round of the 2017 draft out of Georgia.Buffalo created a roster spot by releasing receiver Cam Phillips. Bills safety Micah Hyde did his best Wednesday to mask whatever bitterness he once had toward the Green Bay Packers in preparing to face his former team for the first time since his departure.“I’ve got nothing but love for the organization,” Hyde said following practice as the Bills (1-2) prepare to travel to play Green Bay (1-1-1) on Sunday. “I wouldn’t say it was a wound. I wouldn’t say I was cut open.”And yet, that’s exactly the opposite of what the sixth-year player told two reporters in November, some 10 months after signing a five-year contract with the Bills in free agency.Hyde was so upset upon learning the Packers weren’t going to make an offer to re-sign him with six games left in the 2016 season, he said: “It was like someone stabbed me in the back.”Standing alone at his locker Wednesday, after insisting he bore no ill will toward the Packers, Hyde broke into a laugh upon being reminded of his previous comments.“Do you have proof?” he asked, before acknowledging what he said.“Maybe Darryl Johnson NFL Draft ,” Hyde told The Associated Press, “I put a Band-Aid on it and it’s healed up since then.”As a team leader, Hyde is in no position to stir up bad blood or create bulletin-board material in preparing to face an Aaron Rodgers-led offense at a time Buffalo’s defense is beginning to show signs of jelling.After allowing 75 points and 653 yards through the first six quarters of the season, the Bills have bounced back by allowing nine points and 375 yards over the past six quarters.It’s a stretch capped by a 27-6 win at Minnesota on Sunday, in which Buffalo forced three takeaways and limited the Vikings to 14 yards rushing 鈥?matching the second-fewest allowed in team history.“I feel like the last six quarters was our brand of football,” Hyde said. “The first six quarters, I can’t answer for that. But it’s good to see we’re making strides, getting better.”And he understands the progress can be easily derailed by Rodgers, even if the quarterback might be limited by a left knee injury.“I’ll take Aaron Rodgers hobbling over most of the quarterbacks in the league,” Hyde said. “He still has the intelligence, has the arm. He’s going to get it done regardless.”Rodgers hasn’t forgotten what Hyde can do either.“Look at the time he spent with us. He played corner for us and made big plays. He played safety and made big plays, returned punts,” Rodgers said. “You hate to see a guy like that go.”Packers coach Mike McCarthy called Hyde “a stud Darryl Johnson Buffalo Bills Jersey ,” while saying there was “a business aspect” to why Green Bay didn’t re-sign him.Hyde played a jack-of-all-trades role during his four seasons in Green Bay after being selected in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. He played safety and cornerback and also returned three punts for touchdowns.That wasn’t enough for the Packers to keep him, which led to the Bills making Hyde an offer on the first day of the free-agency signing period.Hyde immediately formed a bond with safety Jordan Poyer, another free-agent addition, and rookie first-round pick cornerback Tre’Davious White.The three combined for 14 of Buffalo’s 18 interceptions, tied for the sixth-most in the NFL last season. Hyde had a career-best five interceptions to earn his first All-Pro selection by being named to the second team.He credited his success to being able to focus on playing just one role, while also fueled by how his tenure ended in Green Bay.“When a team doesn’t want you, and basically tells you straight up they don’t want you, it’s kind of like motivation to keep getting better,” Hyde said.The secondary has struggled this season by having already given up seven touchdowns passing, after allowing just 14 last year.Hyde hopes the Bills can build off how they played against Minnesota.What he doesn’t care for is having the focus placed on his return to Lambeau Field.“We’re 1-2, coming off a big win. We’re trying to get this thing rolling,” Hyde said. “It’s not about Micah Hyde going back to Lambeau. It’s about the Buffalo Bills playing the Green Bay Packers for a win.”___


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