Anderson named Week 7 starter for Bills

Don't forget that Derek Anderson once led the Browns to a 10-6 record

Don't forget that Derek Anderson once led the Browns to a 10-6 record

"I'm always going to do what I feel is right for this football team", McDermott told reporters, according to Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News, when asked if he was anxious about possibly losing the trust of his players if he turned back to Peterman. He added: "There is no plan for surgery but he will be week-to-week".

Allen was injured in Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Houston Texans. The Bills made it known that Anderson, the former 213th overall selection in the 2005 National Football League draft from Oregon State, would be handed the reigns to Buffalo's horribly unproductive offense this week. He also has one year of experience working under Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll when both were with the Cleveland Browns in 2009.

McDermott's only other option was turnover-prone backup Nathan Peterman, who lost the starting job to Allen after a 47-3 season-opening loss at Baltimore.

Anderson was signed just last week, but Bills fans should hold out hope that he can deliver some wins while Allen heals up. The second-year player already has thrown four interceptions this season and 10 in seven games, including the playoffs.

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Pressure from the Colts exterior linemen in Jabaal Sheard, the eight-year defensive end from Pitt, and Jihad Ward, a third-year IL product, will be some names to watch as the Bills' tackles must be able to get their hands on them to give Anderson time to feel out this game.

McDermott was previously Carolina's defensive coordinator, while general manager Brandon Beane previously worked in the Panthers' front office.

In the end, the Bills are going to go with the rusty veteran: McDermott announced Wednesday that Anderson will start Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts.

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