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The temperature for Saturday night’s game is expected to be near zero degrees.

Josh Allen will not have long sleeves under his jersey for Saturday’s game. The Associated Press

Bills quarterback Josh Allen raised concerns about his blood circulation in freezing temperatures earlier in the week ahead of Saturday’s playoff game against the Patriots.

Despite this, Allen will not be bundled up on Saturday night. Allen says ESPN’s Dianna Russini that he will play sleeveless in his jersey when the Bills face the Patriots.

“He said he would only use diapers under the jersey,” Russini tweeted on Saturday morning. “He told me that the sleeves are not good for ball protection, the ball can slide more easily when he runs.”

If Allen plans to go without innings because of this, that could indicate how the Bills plan to use him in the running game. Allen has seen his rushing attempts increase in recent weeks. After running the ball six times in the Week 13 loss to the Patriots, Allen has run the ball at least 10 times or more in three of the Bills’ final five games of the season. Among those performances was a 104-yard day against the Buccaneers and a 64-yard day in a win over the Patriots.

One of Allen’s strengths as a quarterback is his ability to cover his tracks, but Patriots coach Bill Belichick told reporters Thursday he thinks most of Allen’s runs are intentional.

“If you miss it and it comes off, it’s going to be a big deal,” Belichick said as he stopped Allen. “You just can’t stand there and watch him pitch. That’s not the answer, but being unruly and just running out there, letting it run, that’s not the answer either. He’s a tough guy to defend. We’ll have to try to balance what you said: an aggressive rush with vision and an element of containment on him.

Even though Allen said not wearing sleeves would help him as a running back, it’s still a bit of a surprise given the comments he made about playing in freezing weather earlier. during the week.

“It will be a challenge,” Allen said. “It’s no fun getting hit in the cold. It’s no fun catching tricky passes in the cold. Taking off gets more exhausting throughout the game. I think it’s more of a mental barrier than a physical barrier. But again, we have to do our best and not let the elements limit what we do.

“I think the biggest thing for me is that I have poor circulation in my feet,” Allen added. “My toes get really cold and they go numb a bit – just keeping those suckers as warm and dry as possible, as well as the hands, is obviously a big priority for a quarterback. You need your hands to throw.

As for what Patriots quarterback Mac Jones will do, ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported that the rookie spoke with backup Brian Hoyer about whether he should wear a wetsuit like Tom Brady did during his several years with the Patriots. Jones appeared to be wearing a wetsuit during the Week 13 game between the Patriots and the Bills.

The latest forecast for Saturday’s game calls for the temperature to be near zero degrees and the wind chill to drop to -15 degrees.



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