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NFL notebook: Bills QB Allen out for Colts game

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17 Oct 2018, 09:16 GMT+10

Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen will miss Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts because of a right elbow injury, according to a published report Tuesday.

ESPN's Dianna Russini reported that Allen is in danger of missing several weeks due to the injury to his ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) that he sustained in Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Houston Texans. She also reported that Derek Anderson is expected to get the nod over Nathan Peterman to start versus the Colts.

Allen, who was the seventh overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, will have his MRI sent to Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion.

The 22-year-old Allen, who is listed at 6-foot-5 and 237 pounds, has completed 75 of 139 passes for 832 yards with two touchdowns and five interceptions this season.

Anderson signed with the Bills last week after spending several seasons backing up Cam Newton with the Carolina Panthers.

--Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman was placed on injured reserve with foot and groin injuries, the team announced.

The move will keep Freeman out at least the next eight games, but the Falcons hope to have him back before the end of the season.

Freeman missed three games earlier this season with a knee injury. The two-time Pro Bowl selection is now nursing foot and groin injuries for the Falcons (2-4), who are expected to announce a roster move later in the day.

--The San Francisco 49ers announced that they have signed quarterback Tom Savage to a one-year deal.

To make room on the roster, the 49ers waived tight end Cole Wick.

Since the season-ending knee injury to Jimmy Garoppolo, the 49ers' starting quarterback has been C.J. Beathard. His backup is Nick Mullens.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed that Savage would be the team's No. 3 quarterback.

--The Pittsburgh Steelers were not pleased with the hit Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict delivered to Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown on Sunday, and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger reportedly said that Burfict threatened to put a similar hit on another Steelers wide receiver.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Roethlisberger said that on the play immediately following the hit on Brown Burfict indicated he would do the same thing to JuJu Smith-Schuster.

"He hits A.B., then, literally, as I am under center for the next play, he points at JuJu and says, 'You're next,' " Roethlisberger said, per the Post-Gazette. "How do you allow that stuff?"

No audio is available to confirm what Burfict said, but video shows Burfict twice gesturing toward Smith-Schuster just before the snap.

Smith-Schuster is the player who delivered the vicious hit on Burfict last season. It resulted in a one-game suspension for Smith-Schuster and caused Burfict to miss the next two games.

--Free-agent linebacker NaVorro Bowman was expected to work out with the Cleveland Browns, multiple media outlets reported.

Bowman last played with the Oakland Raiders in 2017, collecting 89 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 10 games. He also had 38 tackles earlier that season with the San Francisco 49ers.

The 30-year-old Bowman earned First-Team All-Pro honors four times in his career (2011-13, 2015), as well as three trips to the Pro Bowl (2013-14, 2016).

--New York Giants co-owner John Mara was direct in his message involving star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who had plenty to say during a recent interview with ESPN.

"I wish (Beckham) would create the headlines by his play on the field as opposed to what he says and what he does off the field," the 63-year-old Mara said. "I think he needs to do a little more playing and a little less talking."

Mara's words on Tuesday come on the heels of Beckham venting his frustration over the Giants' slow start and sputtering offense. Signed to a five-year, $95 million contract extension prior to the start of the season, Beckham also had comments that didn't appear to support quarterback Eli Manning during the interview.

"I'm still embarrassed being 1-5," Mara said. "I can't stand up here and make any excuses about that. You are what your record says you are, as a wise man once said, and there's nothing I can say to make people feel better about that. I'm suffering just as much as our fans are, probably more."

--The Alliance of American Football will kick off its first season with a pair of games on Feb. 9, the weekend after Super Bowl LIII.

The eight-team league announced its 10-week, 40-game inaugural regular-season schedule on Tuesday.

The Atlanta Legends, who feature Brad Childress as their coach and Michael Vick as the offensive coordinator, will visit the Steve Spurrier-led Orlando Apollos on that Saturday.

Also on Saturday, the Mike Martz-led San Diego Fleet travel to San Antonio to face the Mike Riley-coached Commanders.

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