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Josh Allen evaluated for head injury as Bills fall to Pats

A brutal helmet-to-helmet hit delivered by Patriots defensive back Jonathan Jones knocked Bills quarterback Josh Allen down and out for most of the final quarter of Buffalo's 16-10 loss to New England.

Allen is in concussion protocol, according to the team.

In the fourth quarter with the Bills trailing by six points and driving, Allen scrambled and was downed by Jones. It was a savage blow that Bills coach Sean McDermott voiced his exception to after the game.

"There's no room in football for a play like the hit on Josh Allen," McDermott, said via the team.

Jones was flagged, but there was no penalty as it was offset by an offensive flag on the same play.

"I haven't seen it. You know, I have to watch it on film. We're just running around playing football. There's no intent to ever hurt anyone, you know, we're just playing good, clean football," Jones told reporters after the game. "I don't think anybody ever really tries to go helmet-to-helmet. Everyone's just flying around wanting to make plays, wanting to make starts."

Al Riveron, the NFL's head of officiating, told The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci that the play did not "rise to the level" of warranting a disqualification.

Bills safety Micah Hyde emphatically disagreed. He made that known right after the hit on the sideline and again during a postgame scrum with reporters.

"That's the first thing that came out of my mouth on the sideline, if one of us did that to 12 [Tom Brady], we wouldn't have been in the game anymore," Hyde said. "There's no way, there's no way we would've continued to play in that game."

After some assistance on the field, Allen walked off under his own power to the injury tent and shortly thereafter ran off the field to the locker room.

Matt Barkley took over at quarterback for the Bills. The drive ended with the Bills going for it on fourth and goal and Barkley throwing an incompletion in the end zone.

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