Bills' Allen needs 'rest and recovery' for right elbow

by Ricardo Gutierrez - Telling reporters on Monday that "rest and recovery is gonna be really good for it," Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen addressed an elbow injury in detail after the Bills' season ended with a loss to the Bengals in the AFC divisional round.

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