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Bills QB Josh Allen Elbow Injury Update: Surgery Decision

Josh Allen played half the season with a partially torn UCL in his right elbow, but the Bills QB won't need surgery.
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Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen played the second half of the season with a significant elbow injury - and of course did so in his customary bull-in-a-china-shop style - but won’t need surgery this offseason, according to

Allen suffered a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament on this throwing arm, and also dealt with related tendon and muscle injuries, in a Nov. 6 loss to the New York Jets. He played with a brace for several games but didn’t miss a start.

Sources told that doctors believe that rest and ongoing treatment should lead to a full recovery without surgery this offseason. 

Allen did pull out of the Pro Bowl as a result, but was also a finalist for the NFL MVP award won by Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, who leads Kansas City in the Super Bowl against the Eagles.

When Allen first suffered the injury, it was a reported as a sprained elbow. The team did evaluate him for UCL and nerve damage after the game.

The injury wasn’t as serious as the UCL sprain that kept Allen out for four games as a rookie. The soreness and the brace, however, did alter Allen’s mechanics and made certain throws more difficult.

Allen still fashioned another impressive season, passing for 4,283 passing yards and 35 touchdown passes with 14 interceptions, while running for 762 yards and another seven scores.

The Bills went 13-3 in the regular season to win the AFC East and lost 27-10 to the Cincinnati Bengals in the divisional round of the playoffs.

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