Tyrod Taylor Injury Updates

The Chargers consider QB Tyrod Taylor "week to week" with the chest injury that kept him out of Sunday's OT loss to the Chiefs, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That leaves the team unsure of who will start against Carolina in Week 3 as of now. Unless Taylor returns to 100% by the weekend -- which isn't usually the case for an injury a team dubs "week to week" -- this should be incentive for L.A. to give rookie Justin Herbert another start. If he delivers another strong performance, it'd be tough to turn back. And if he falters, the Chargers could just say they're going back to their healthy "starter." If Herbert does play Week 3, he'll carry big fantasy upside against what has been a generous Panthers defense through 2 games.

Chargers rookie QB Justin Herbert seemed to play well in Sunday's OT loss to the Chiefs, completing 22 of 33 passes for 311 yards, 1 TD and an INT, and adding 18 yards and a TD on the ground. But HC Anthony Lynn said after the game it's still Tyrod Taylor's job. "If he's 100% ready to go, he's our starter," Lynn said, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. We'll see how soon Taylor -- who missed Sunday's game with a chest injury -- is ready to return. We'd bet, though, that it won't be long before they go to Herbert for good.

Chargers QB Justin Herbert got the start in Sunday's game against the Chiefs. That was quick. QB Tyrod Taylor was uninspiring in the Week 1 win over the Bengals, so L.A. is going with its 1st-round rookie. We'll see how he fares today. Herbert has the weapons and rushing ability to be a fantasy factor this season.

Update: It's reportedly a chest injury that's keeping Taylor out of this game. We'll look for more details.

Bills HC Sean McDermott on Friday named QB Tyrod Taylor (knee) his stater for this weekend's game against the Dolphins. He put in a full week of practice, although it's still possible his rushing ability is a bit limited by that knee injury. That -- plus the fact that Taylor has busted in 2 of his last 3 starts -- makes him tough to trust as more than a QB2. His return is good news for Buffalo's skill-position guys.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor (knee) did not practice on Wednesday. He reportedly avoided a serious injury but is no better than 50/50 to play against the Colts this weekend. Buffalo would likely turn back to QB Nathan Peterman in Taylor's absence, although Peterman reportedly split practice reps with Joe Webb on Wednesday.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor believes he avoided a major knee injury, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Taylor is scheduled for additional testing, and we should learn more tomorrow. But this is obviously relatively good news for now. Taylor played poorly before exiting the loss to the Patriots, but QB Nathan Peterman wasn't any better. We'll see if Taylor is available for Week 14 and if Buffalo sticks with him.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor was carted back to the locker room with a knee injury in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Patriots. He was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game. Taylor was awful before exiting, completing just 9 of 18 passes for 65 yards, 0 TDs and 1 INT. The infamous Nathan Peterman is in for Buffalo.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor (concussion) put in a full week of practice and isn’t on the final Week 1 injury report. He’ll start against the Jets on Sunday. Despite the plus matchup, we’d only trust Taylor in 2-QB leagues.

Bills HC Sean McDermott admitted Monday that QB Tyrod Taylor's status for this weekend's opener against the Jets is "up in the air." He remains in the concussion protocol after sustaining the head injury 9 days ago. We'll track his progress, but Taylor shouldn't be in your Week 1 plans. QB Nathan Peterman would draw the start on Sunday if Taylor isn't cleared. The rookie completed just 54.4% of his passes and averaged only 5.7 yards per attempt this preseason.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor suffered a concussion in Saturday's game against Baltimore. In the 1st quarter, Taylor took a sack that caused his head to bounce hard off the turf. Rookie Nathan Peterman is now running with Buffalo's starters. Per Sports Injury Predictor, this is Taylor's first concussion. He now has roughly 2 weeks to clear the concussion protocol before the season opener. We'll track his progress closely.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor is undergoing surgery on Thursday to address a core muscle injury, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. This is presumably the "severe groin injury" that he played through over the last month of the season. Taylor is expected to need 6 weeks to recover, so it shouldn't impact his offseason much. The big question, of course, is whether he'll remain in Buffalo.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor played through a "severe groin injury" for the past month, according to the Buffalo News' Vic Carucci. He didn't show any signs of it on the field, averaging 35.3 rushing yards over his last 4 games -- just a slight decrease from his 39.9 over the first 11. Carucci adds that the groin injury "could need more attention in offseason," presumably meaning surgery. Taylor's health and employer will be worth closely monitoring over the next few months.

The Bills will bench QB Tyrod Taylor for Sunday's finale vs. the Jets, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. "This is a business decision so the Bills are not at risk for the $30.75 million left on his contract that would become guaranteed if Taylor suffered a significant injury," Schefter reports. The team will need to decide this offseason whether it wants to exercise Taylor's option and sign him through 2021 or release him. He had an up-and-down 2016 campaign, finishing with a 61.7% completion rate, 6.9 yards per attempt, 17 TDs and 6 INTs. QB E.J. Manuel will start against the Jets this weekend. He's just a QB2 flier and is a downgrade for WR Sammy Watkins.

Bills WR Robert Woods suffered a knee sprain in Sunday's win over the Bengals, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That sounds less serious than the injury could have been, but it also seems likely to cost Woods further game time. Losing Woods obviously doesn't help QB Tyrod Taylor's outlook for Week 12 against the Jags. Buffalo's run-pass threat sits top 15 among fantasy QBs so far, though, despite just 10 TD passes through 10 games. His schedule shapes up nicely for fantasy scoring the rest of the way, though a tattered WR corps (still without Sammy Watkins) adds risk. Missed time for Woods would leave more snaps for Percy Harvin, who operated as Buffalo's #2 wideout against Cincinnati. Harvin didn't look anywhere near his old, explosive self, however.

The Bills have placed WR Sammy Watkins on IR with the foot injury that has rendered him all but useless to this point. We don't yet know if this will end his season, as Buffalo doesn't need to decide yet whether to designate him to return. But Watkins can be dropped in most redraft leagues that don't have an IR spot. The Bills added WR Justin Hunter on Friday, but Robert Woods is the 1st option off waivers. Even he brings a fairly low fantasy ceiling, though. This is a situation to try to avoid. Watkins' status pushes Tyrod Taylor to the bottom of QB2 territory as well.

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Bills QB Tyrod Taylor (shoulder) is active and starting today’s game against the Chiefs. Taylor’s injury is to his throwing shoulder and was clearly bothering him last Monday night. He threw in practice on Thursday and Friday, but it’s unclear how close he is to 100%. On the road against a hot Chiefs defense, Taylor isn’t a recommended Week 12 fantasy play.

Bills HC Rex Ryan expects to have QB Tyrod Taylor (shoulder) for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.  "We all know it’s a right shoulder thing," Ryan said in a Tuesday radio interview. "I don’t know the particulars of what they call things or whatever. If we had the technical terms on it, you guys wouldn’t know it either. We’ll see how the week progresses how everything goes, but I think he’ll be ready to roll."  Taylor has averaged just 191 passing yards and .67 TDs in 3 games since returning from his knee injury.  Now he has a bum throwing shoulder and goes to Kansas City to face a red-hot Chiefs defense.  Taylor is a low-end QB2 for Week 12.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor is dealing with a sprained MCL, according to insider Jason La Canfora.  HC Rex Ryan noted a sore ankle on Monday but made no mention of a knee injury.  It could cost Taylor "multiple games," per La Canfora.  His absence would leave E.J. Manuel as Buffalo's starting QB.  The former 1st-rounder looked improved this preseason, but he won't be a Week 6 fantasy option in any format against the Bengals.  Upgrade Cincinnati's defense if they get Manuel.

Bills HC Rex Ryan said Monday that QB Tyrod Taylor is dealing with an ankle injury.  "He is beat up right now," Ryan added. "He is sore. We knew he would be. He hasn't been 100 percent all season."  Taylor has already carried 31 times and taken plenty of hits.  We've seen him get up slowly on multiple occasions.  He busted off a season-high 76 rushing yards against the Titans yesterday, though.  We'll see if Taylor can make it through the season, but the ankle isn't a major concern right now.  Buffalo has a bye coming in Week 8.


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