A bad day turns worse for the Buffalo Bills in their meeting with the Los Angeles Chargers. The 5-4 Bills benched starter Tyrod Taylor in favor of rookie Nathan Peterman, who as of five minutes into the second half, has completed 6 of 14 pass attempts for 66 yards and has thrown five interceptions. One of these was returned for a 59-yard touchdown. The Bills are currently trailing the 3-6 Chargers 40 to 7 with more than 20 minutes left to go in the game.
But the news gets worse as their new wide receiver, Kelvin Benjamin, was carted off the field. The 6'5" Benjamin caught a pass over the middle of the field and was hit in the knee by safety Adrian Phillips. His leg bent backwards upon impact. He laid on the turf for a while before walking slowly to the medical tent. He was then taken by cart to the locker room and ruled out of the rest of the game.
Benjamin tore his ACL in training camp prior to the 2015 season and missed that whole year, including his then team Carolina Panthers' Super Bowl run. The Panthers traded Benjamin to the Bills on October 31st in exchange for a third and seventh round pick in 2018. He played his first game for the Bills last week. Benjamin is under contract through 2018 and will make $8.5 million.
We expect to hear more about Benjamin's knee later today or tomorrow.
The Bills have pulled Peterman from the game and Tyrod Taylor is back under center.