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Derek Anderson will start for the Bills this weekend

On Wednesday, it was announced that backup quarterback Derek Anderson will be the new starter for the Buffalo Bills.

With rookie QB Josh Allen sidelined due to an elbow injury, Coach Sean McDermott was facing a conundrum with who to start under center. Nathan Peterman got his chance last week but struggled mightily, completing just 6-of-12 passes for 61 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the Bills’ 20-13 loss to the Houston Texans.

While this is just his second year in the NFL, it appears that the Bills’ patience with Peterman is wearing thin. He appeared in four games last season and completed just 24-of-49 passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw five interceptions in his first start against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 11.

Naming Anderson the starter for the upcoming week was a possibility that many anticipated, and one that may have saved the locker room in Buffalo.

Anderson has spent time with the Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns and Carolina Panthers. His most notable season was in 2007, when he made the Pro Bowl and led the Browns to a 10-6 record before quarterback controversy ended his time there. For the past seven seasons, Anderson served as the backup for the Panthers, and provided a veteran presence for Cam Newton as he continued to develop.

In his career, Anderson has maintained a 54.1 percent completion rate and thrown for 10,413 yards, 60 touchdowns and 60 interceptions.

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