Newly signed quarterback Derek Anderson will start Sunday for the Buffalo Bills, coach Sean McDermott announced Wednesday.
“It’s the right decision for our football team right now,” McDermott said.
Rookie starter Josh Allen is out indefinitely with an elbow injury, and McDermott chose not to turn to interception-prone Nathan Peterman, who started the season at quarterback but quickly was benched in favor of Allen.
The Bills meet Indianapolis on Sunday.
Anderson, 35, is in his 13th season in the NFL and spent four seasons in Cleveland, one in Arizona and seven with Carolina. He last started a game Dec. 4, 2016, and played just one series. He was replaced by Cam Newton, who had been benched to start the game for disciplinary reasons. He hasn’t been the No. 1 quarterback of a team since 2010 with the Cardinals.
As Newton’s backup in 2017, he was 2-for-8 for 17 yards.
But with Allen out, this was the only move for the Bills.
Peterson has thrown nine interceptions in just 79 career attempts, including two in relief of Allen on Sunday. That’s an interception rate of 11.4 percent.