ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. [WKBW] — After a few hours of uncertainty and concern, Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen was back at practice Monday after he was sidelined following a false positive COVID-19 test. Allen got the call at 6:00 a.m. Sunday, when he was told he tested positive for the virus at the BioReference Lab in New Jersey.
He then drove to One Bills Drive, got tested by Bills' staff, and learned he hadn't contracted the virus. After another negative test Monday morning, Allen and the other players impacted by the false positive tests were allowed to return.
"I’m happy that it happened now instead of come [regular] season time," Allen said Monday. "If this were to happen Saturday or Sunday [in the regular season], who knows if I’d be playing, so I’m glad. I know it sucks that I was kind of the guinea pig and what not, but I’m glad it wasn’t then, I’m glad it was now.”
"To me it was a positive," Bills head coach Sean McDermott added. "In terms of a growth opportunity for us as a team and an opportunity for us to move forward as a team."
Allen made the most of his return to practice, with a very solid day for the offense. During 11-on-11 drills, Allen made a pretty play avoiding a pass rusher and rolling to his left to find John Brown in the back of an endzone. That throw, along with some other nice passes to Dawson Knox and Stefon Diggs highlighted a strong rebound for the offense.
Other observations from Monday's practice:
Another day, another strong performance from Gabe Davis
This observation has been written almost every day, which should tell you just how impressive the rookie wideout has been during the first seven days of camp. On Monday, he beat Tre'Davious White by boxing out the cornerback to bring in a nice catch on a deep ball from Josh Allen. In a video posted by the Bills, White tells Davis as they're falling to the ground, "good route, good route."
Stephen Hauschka was a perfect 6/6 on Monday, while rookie Tyler Bass watched from the sidelines. On Sunday, Bass was 4/6 from similar distances. The Bills front office will have a difficult decision when it comes to who will win the kicking job.
What a catch
Andre Roberts reeled in a gorgeous catch to close out Monday's practice on a pretty throw from Matt Barkley. Up to this point of camp, it was probably the prettiest catch from a Bills wideout. While Roberts' greatest asset is his prowess as a kick and punt returner, don't sleep on his ability in the passing game.
Getting on the same page
When asked about his chemistry with new wide receiver Stefon Diggs, Bills QB Josh Allen said "it's getting there." That was on display at practice, as our cameras caught the two discussing where Diggs wanted a ball placed on a specific route and then Allen hitting him perfectly in stride. While we're still only seven days into camp, it appears the duo is getting more comfortable with each other.