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Josh Allen remains in concussion protocol heading into Week 5

Bills quarterback Josh Allen suffered a concussion in Week 4. We break down the fantasy implications as Buffalo prepares for Week 5 vs. Tennessee.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen exits the field after being injured during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at New Era Field. Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills travel to face the Tennessee Titans in Week 5, and they do not yet know if quarterback Josh Allen will be available for the game. Allen suffered a head injury on a helmet-to-helmet hit against the New England Patriots, and shortly after diagnosed with a concussion.

Allen left the game early in the fourth quarter having thrown for 153 yards and three interceptions, and rushed for 26 yards and a touchdown. Matt Barkley replaced him and threw an interception of his own and struggled in a key goal to go situation that would have given the Bills a late lead and a potential monster upset.

The Bills confirmed on Monday that Allen is in the concussion protocol as they begin preparations for their matchup with the Titans, according to Bills reporter Chris Brown. They return to practice on Wednesday, at which point we get a clearer picture of where things stand. Allen needs to be asymptomatic at rest and then after exertion before he can be cleared for football activities.

Fantasy implications: Matt Barkley is not a good quarterback by any stretch of the imagination. Allen has struggled with accuracy and turnovers, but the upside is there — particularly his abilities as a running quarterback. Cole Beasley and John Brown have questions regardless of who is at quarterback, but Allen has been a guy some owners have started over bigger names in the early going. He’s not a great start at Tennessee if healthy, however.

Betting implications: We still don’t have a line on Bills-Titans at DraftKings Sportsbook. The Westgate Superbook released their Week 5 lookahead lines last Thursday before Week 4 kicked off, and they had the Titans as one point favorites. That was followed by the Buffalo defense looking good against New England and the Titans looking solid against a bad Atlanta team.

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