Quarterback Josh Allen placed in concussion protocol

Shannon Shepherd

In the fourth quarter of the Bills game against the New England Patriots, Buffalo's starting quarterback Josh Allen exited with a head injury.

Allen was carrying the ball when he was hit by Duron Harmon and Jonathan Jones. 

Jones hit Allen with his helmet and was penalized for unnecessary roughness but, the penalty was offset due to offensive holding on Buffalo's Dion Dawkins. Jones was not ejected from the game.

Essentially, the Bills lost their starting quarterback and the Patriots didn't have to give up a yard -- something heavy on the mind of Bills fans.

Following the hit, Allen walked off the field on his own power and then jogged off to the locker room while pumping up the New Era Field crowd. He finished 13/28 passing for 153 yards and three interceptions.

Matt Barkley took over under center for Buffalo in the 16-10 loss.

After the game, Bills head coach Sean McDermott said Allen has been placed in the concussion protocol. 

"There is no room in football for that," McDermott said in his post game press conference. "It is a shame to see a player like Josh or any player go down with a hit like that."