Bills QB Allen progressing through concussion protocol, kept to individual drills

Shannon Shepherd

Josh Allen is moving in the right direction to get back to full participation with the Buffalo Bills.

Allen, who left Sunday's game against the Patriots after a helmet-to-helmet hit, was immediately placed in the concussion protocol.

Monday, Allen remained in the protocol, with Tuesday being a day off for the team.

Wednesday, a positive update came for the Buffalo starting signal caller - who was back on the practice field partaking in individual drills. He was also present in team meetings. 

Given those details - it appears Allen is in Step 4 of the NFL's Concussion Protocol:

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The 5th and final step comes when the player is cleared for full football activity.

If Allen is not cleared before this weekend's contest in Tennessee, Matt Barkley will take his place.

"We will get them both ready as much as we can," Head Coach Sean McDermott said. "Josh being in the protocol, he will do some drill work out there, some individual drill work but, other than that, all I can say is that he is in the protocol."

Barkley took over for Allen in the 4th quarter of the Bills 16-10 loss to the Patriots and was three yards away from tying the game before a pass to Zay Jones was ruled incomplete. 

"You want to put players in positions that they are comfortable in and in that they are in positions of strength," McDermott continued. "We are extremely confident in Matt Barkley and we will see how things go throughout the week."

The Bills visit the Titans Sunday at 1 p.m.