Bills QB Tyrod Taylor leaves game, diagnosed with concussion

Tyrod Taylor left Saturday night’s game with a concussion. (AP)

It was going to be hard enough for the Buffalo Bills to compete for a playoff spot this season. Now their quarterback is dealing with a concussion.

In the first quarter of Saturday night’s preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens, Tyrod Taylor was sacked by Ravens linebacker Matt Judon. When Taylor was thrown backward, the back of his head hit the turf.

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Taylor was helped off the field, immediately put in the concussion protocol and taken to the locker room. He was replaced by rookie quarterback Nate Peterman.

The Bills announced shortly after he was out of the game with a concussion.

After Peterman had a good start to the preseason, some people were wondering if the rookie could overtake him for the starting job, perhaps if Taylor were to be traded. While that scenario seemed very unlikely, at least by the regular-season opener, Taylor’s health might change things.

It probably wasn’t the worst thing for the Bills to get Peterman some work with the starters, although the circumstances weren’t ideal. Peterman has looked good. He was a fifth-round pick but was a highlight of training camp. Peterman didn’t have a great start to his action Saturday; he almost threw an interception on his first drive to linebacker C.J. Mosley, but it hit the ground first.

The Bills have just 15 days before their regular-season opener. All of a sudden, they have to worry if their quarterback will be ready.

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