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Bills’ AJ McCarron did not suffer fracture of collarbone in preseason action

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Fans of the University of Alabama and #BillsMafia are currently breathing a sigh of relief, as quarterback AJ McCarron does not have a complete shoulder fracture.  

During Buffalo’s week two preseason game versus the Cleveland Browns, McCarron sustained an injury to his right shoulder (throwing) in the first quarter.

He was taken to the locker room and despite the team earning a 19-17 win over the Browns, much concern was made on how serious the injury looked.

After initial reports categorized the mishaps being a fractured collarbone, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported on Monday – citing a source of that not being the case. 

Even with rookie Josh Allen expected to start the Bills’ third matchup against Cincinnati, getting positive news on McCarron keeps the quarterback room in line. The fifth-round pick of the 2014 NFL Draft and former three-time national champion of the Crimson Tide has worked tirelessly for an opportunity to solidify himself as a productive starter in the National Football League. 

Following his tweet of McCarron’s shoulder being fine, Schefter responds with him being expected to return to practice soon.

Before winning his grievance from the Bengals, McCarron showed the franchise his potential in the 2015 playoffs. He had Cincinnati set up to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers, until bone head personal foul calls on Vontaze Burfict and Adam “Pacman” Jones doomed the Bengals. 

Overall, he completed 79 of 119 passes for 854 yards with six touchdowns to two interceptions that season. McCarron likes the situation he is in with Buffalo and Tide fans want to see him succeed; however, he now has to fend off a guy in Allen of whom the coaching staff likes too. 

Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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