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An injury to rookie starter Josh Allen's throwing arm leaves the Buffalo Bills with two less-than-ideal options as potential Plan Bs.Their first involves handing the job back to turnover-prone backup Nathan Peterman Rodney Hudson Jersey , who has thrown four interceptions in two appearances this season, and 10 overall in seven games, including playoffs.The other would have 12-year veteran Derek Anderson taking over a little more than a week after being lured out of semiretirement to serve as Allen's mentor.Coach Sean McDermott on Monday listed Allen as being "week to week," though he declined to entirely rule him out from playing. The first-round draft pick's status is uncertain after hurting his right elbow in a 20-13 loss at Houston on Sunday.McDermott did not reveal the nature of the injury, and said he expects to get more information once he meets with team doctors Tuesday.As for a backup plan, McDermott said, "that's something we're working through right now," in acknowledging Peterman's struggles and Anderson's lack of familiarity.Peterman is best remembered for throwing five interceptions in the first half of a 54-24 loss at the Los Angeles Chargers in November. And he's coming off an outing in which he threw two interceptions, the first returned 28 yards by Johnathan Joseph for the decisive touchdown with 1:23 left."I'm confident in every football player on our football team. With respect to Nate, it's no different," McDermott said. "I understand the fans and that sentiment. But at the same time, I've got to do what we feel is best for the football team moving forward."McDermott then referred to Anderson as being "a work in progress" as to how familiar he is with the Bills offensive playbook and personnel.The 35-year-old Anderson attempted just eight passes in three appearances with Carolina last season, and hasn't started a game in nearly two years.The Bills (2-4) find themselves in this quandary after Allen was hurt while being struck from both sides by Whitney Mercilus and Jadeveon Clowney. Mercilus struck Allen's throwing arm just after the quarterback released the ball for a 39-yard completion to Kelvin Benjamin.Allen bent down and grabbed his arm in pain and stayed in for one more play — an incompletion to Zay Jones — before going down to one knee. He was then spotted yelling out in pain while trainers examined his elbow along the sideline.Allen's injury presents a major setback in both his development and what modest progress the Bills offense has shown in the five weeks since he took over after Peterman unraveled in the first half of a 47-3 season-opening loss at Baltimore.Allen has a 2-3 record as a starter, but has struggled with consistency in overseeing an offense that lacks proven receivers and features a patchwork line.Overall, he's gone 75 of 139 for 832 yards passing with two touchdowns passing, three rushing, along with five interceptions and a lost fumble.Buffalo has yet to top 300 yards this season, and scored just 26 points in its past 14 quarters , dating to the start of the second half of a 27-6 win at Minnesota.First-year coordinator Brain Daboll's patience is running thin with his unit's lack of production."Let's call it what it is, we're not executing the way we need to execute," he said. "We're not where we need to be."Daboll defended Peterman by noting he's only 24."You forget, Nate's a young player, too. Obviously, the production hasn't been there when he has played," he said. "We need to continue to build him up."The offensive struggles spoiled what was a stout defensive effort in which the Bills forced three takeaways, had a season-high seven sacks and limited Houston to 216 yards. That marked the fewest yards Buffalo has allowed in a loss since giving up 210 in a 23-13 loss to Kansas City on Nov. 3, 2013. Three years after his last 1,000-yard season, Oakland Raiders running back Doug Martin is getting another chance to prove he can still be an effective player in the NFL.Marshawn Lynch's groin injury and subsequent surgery created a vacancy in the backfield and the Raiders are turning to Martin to fill the gap."I feel good, fresh legs," Martin said Thursday. "I was just making sure that when it was time to go I was ready."A two-time Pro Bowl back during his six-year stay with Tampa Bay, Martin expected to be a major part of coach Jon Gruden's running game when he signed a one-year, $1.475 million contract with Oakland in the offseason.The 29-year-old Martin instead has spent the majority of time as Lynch's understudy, rushing for 99 yards on 27 carries.That figures to change significantly with Lynch on injured reserve and out for at least two months."I've been a lead guy since high school so it was definitely something that was difficult for me," Martin said of his limited work. "But I've got people behind me, in my ear Cheap Frostee Rucker Jersey , telling me to keep working hard and keep pushing and your time will come."I'm 29, pushing 30 . so it's definitely an opportunity to show the rest of the league and the Raiders and everybody, all my doubters, that I can still play."Offensive coordinator Greg Olson doesn't expect Oakland's running game to change much despite the difference in running styles between Lynch and Martin.Lynch is a more bruising runner who powers his way through defenders and often pushes the pile an extra three to five yards downfield while Martin tends to be more of a finesse back."There's a different style, a little bit, between those two runners," Olson said. "Marshawn has a package of plays that suit his skills and Doug has a package of plays that suit his skills. They both fit within the system. We're excited to see what he can do."How effective Martin can be remains uncertain. While he will be the primary back this week against Indianapolis, Oakland is also likely to lean more on third-down back Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington. Washington was inactive for the first six weeks of the season."We think Doug is the feature back," Gruden said. "He's ready to go. Jalen Richard has carved out a unique role. We'll try to get more out of him as we have been doing in recent weeks. To have DeAndre back . gives us some versatility that we'll try to use as well."Martin rushed for 4,633 yards during six uneven seasons with Tampa Bay. He twice ran for more than 1,400 yards but failed to reach 500 in the other four years while missing extensive time with a variety of injuries.Those injuries, Martin believes, were both a curse and a blessing. While it forced him to miss 28 games over five years, it also saved a lot of wear and tear on his body."I still have a lot of miles left on these wheels," Martin said. "This is my seventh year in the league. I'm going to go out there and just play like I've been playing. I've started for about six years so I'm just doing what I do."Notes: LG Kelechi Osemele (knee) did not practice. Osemele also sat out Wednesday and has not played since getting hurt against Cleveland on Sept. 30. . Former Raiders players and members of the front office will team up with the San Francisco 49ers on Monday to assemble care packages for U.S. troops overseas as part of Operation: Care and Comfort.


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