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Bills QB Josh Allen to start; left tackle Dion Dawkins tests positive

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Oct 10, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Dion Dawkins (73) gets ready to block for quarterback Josh Allen (17) during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 10, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Dion Dawkins (73) gets ready to block for quarterback Josh Allen (17) during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen’s sprained left foot won’t keep him from starting Sunday’s game against the visiting Carolina Panthers.

However, Allen might be without starting left tackle Dion Dawkins, who has tested positive for COVID-19 again.

Bills coach Sean McDermott announced both developments during his weekly radio show Friday on WGR 550.

Allen was in a walking boot after being sacked three times in last Sunday’s 33-27 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday but was expected to be a full participant Friday, McDermott said.

Allen, 25, has passed for 3,524 yards, 28 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 13 starts this season. He has rushed for another 531 yards and four scores.

Dawkins, 27, endured a lengthy bout with the coronavirus during training camp. He has started all 13 games this season and has yet to miss a game since Buffalo selected him in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Dawkins’ streak of 77 consecutive games played (72 starts) is in jeopardy as the Bills (7-6) host the Panthers (5-8), but he has not been ruled out.

Under the revised protocols implemented by the NFL on Thursday, fully vaccinated players or staff can “test out” of the protocols under one of three complex testing scenarios and with the provision they are asymptomatic for at least 24 hours.

–Field Level Media