Josh Allen Injury Update: Latest News on the Bills QB

Josh Allen's physical style as a runner often leads to big hits. He sealed the game with a first-down run but was seen with trainers shortly after.

Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen is no stranger to taking huge hits as a runner and as a passer. He plays the game with an old-school, physical style with his nearly 250-pound frame. But Allen took another nasty shot on his final snap in Buffalo’s win against New England. What do we know about the star QB’s potential injury?

Josh Allen Injury Update

Allen sealed the game with a first-down run but was shaken up, and Kyle Allen entered the game for the Bills’ kneel-downs. Although Allen’s injury didn’t appear too serious, we’ve seen quarterbacks struggle with their passing ability even with injuries to their non-throwing shoulder.

As December arrives and January nears, Allen seems to become an even greater threat and overall option on the ground. He carried the ball 11 times against the Patriots, and his physical style means that he’s usually taking a significant hit.

Earlier in the game, he pitched the ball to a wide receiver as he was going to the ground. His ability to be the culdesac bully with his physicality is what makes him special, but it also means living with bone-crunching hits and goofy mistakes from time to time.

The Bills passer has done a better job in 2023 of avoiding these hits. The emergence of James Cook and the Bills’ more traditional rushing attack has taken some of the burden away from Allen.

But as the weather begins reminding him more of his time at Wyoming, the old, hard-nosed Allen comes out. He wants to punish defenders as much as they want to do the same to him.

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Although he seemed fine on the sideline before the game was over, his shoulder will be worth monitoring in the coming days and weeks.

But days come first, and Buffalo has a massive matchup in Week 18 against the Miami Dolphins for the AFC East division title. Miami’s loss against Baltimore kept the Bills’ title hopes open, so Allen won’t have the freedom to rest in Week 18.

When Allen was asked about the injury in the post-game press conference, he told reporters that he suffered a stinger, and that he’d never felt something like that before. However, he also assured everyone that he was okay.

Potential Fantasy Football Impact of Allen’s Injury

The tentacles of this injury are wide-ranging. In theory, Stefon Diggs’ value takes a hit, but he hasn’t cleared 50 yards since November as it is. We know what Gabe Davis is, and that doesn’t really change with or without Allen — he’s a dart throw with the potential to ruin either your week or your opponents.

Diggs is a low-end WR2 that should still see his fair share of targets. Those targets hold limited value; thus, he is not to be considered a lock starter. James Cook is the interesting Bill.

His red zone usage should spike, but the number of red zone trips figures to be limited. When all is accounted for, I have him ranked as a viable RB2 who should get his 15+ touches regardless of who is under center.

You’re sticking with Diggs and Cook in your fantasy lineup while Davis continues to carry more risk than reward. Dalton Kincaid’s usage has plummeted with the return of Dawson Knox, and that leaves him outside of my must-start tier at the TE position.

— PFN Fantasy Analyst Kyle Soppe 

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