Amidst benching, Tyrod Taylor given "veteran's day off" by Bills

Amidst benching, Tyrod Taylor given "veteran's day off" by Bills
Posted at 3:08 PM, Dec 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-29 15:08:41-05

The Buffalo Bills have one game to go in the 2016 regular season, and its been made abundantly clear that they want Tyrod Taylor to take no part in the finale against the New York Jets. Following the firing of head coach Rex Ryan, the Bills promptly announced that EJ Manuel, not Taylor, would start the last game of the season.

The move, which after comments from interim head coach confirmed on Wednesday, was made by the front office -- presumably to avoid the approximately $30 million that would be owed to Taylor if he had suffered a significant injury in the final contest of the year.

During Wednesday's practice Taylor was clearly the third-string quarterback, not doing much of anything while watching Manuel take the starter's reps, and rookie Cardale Jones work as the number-two quarterback.

On Thursday, Taylor was given the day off from practice in what the team described as a "veteran's day off." Taylor was in team facilities, and was spotted in the locker room after the practice but declined to speak with reporters.

For what it's worth, The Buffalo News reported mid-practice that Taylor has been dealing with a "severe" groin injury for many weeks. Interim head coach Anthony Lynn confirmed that he had been playing through a groin injury this season, but downplayed it, considering Taylor hasn't missed any practice time due to the injury.

The Bills have one more practice in the 2016 season, which will take place on Friday, before the team flies out to New Jersey for the team's last game against the Jets.

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