The Buffalo Bills are trailing the New England Patriots 23-3 in the fourth quarter on Sunday and things just got even worse — quarterback Tyrod Taylor has been carted off the field with an injury.
Taylor was initially hurt earlier in the fourth quarter and was limping on his left knee. Another hit low and to the legs left him down on the ground. The trainers eventually called the cart out and Taylor left the field to the locker room with a towel over his head, according to Michael Giardi of NBC Sports Boston.
With Taylor out, rookie Nathan Peterman entered the game, just two weeks removed from a miserable debut against the Los Angeles Chargers. Bills coach Sean McDermott made the controversial decision to replace Taylor with Peterman, who then threw 5 first-half interceptions in a loss to the Chargers.
Taylor had to be brought back in to replace Peterman in that game and started last week against the Kansas City Chiefs, keeping the Bills’ playoff hopes alive and well with a victory. However, the prospects of losing Taylor and having to turn to Peterman over the remaining four weeks of the season significantly diminish those chances.
The Bills coaching staff has liked what Peterman has done on the practice field, but it obviously didn’t translate to game action in Week 11. Now, he’ll have to improve quickly to keep the Bills in the hunt.