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Josh Allen improving but remains in concussion protocol

Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott provided an encouraging update Wednesday on the status of Josh Allen, but it’s still too soon to determine whether the second-year quarterback will play in Week 5 against the Tennessee Titans.

McDermott told reporters that while Allen remains in concussion protocol, he has been cleared for individual drills. That would indicate Allen has reached Step 4 of the NFL’s Return-to-Participation protocol.

If Allen is unable to be cleared in time for Sunday’s game, the team is “extremely confident” that Matt Barkley will perform well in his stead, McDermott said. Barkley is currently taking first-team reps in practices this week.

“We’ll get them both ready — I mean, as much as we can with Josh being in the protocol,” McDermott said, per Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN. “He’ll do some drill work out there, some individual drill work, but other than that all I can see is he’s in the protocol.”

Allen was removed from the Bills’ 16-10 loss to the Patriots after absorbing a helmet-to-helmet hit from cornerback Jonathan Jones on a seven-yard scramble during the fourth quarter.

Allen’s decision to run elicited reactions from the likes of Tom Brady, who noted quarterbacks need to consider the “risk/reward” component of a play before opening themselves up to injury.

McDermott weighed in the notion that Allen needs to reign in his supposed recklessness to stay healthy.

“I think he continues to learn. He’s still a very young player. Every young player has to figure out how to play in this league — number one, to be effective, and number two, so that they can play for a long time. I think that’s what happens to young players.”