Photo of Bills TE Flipping Off QB Josh Allen Mid-Throw Goes Viral

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Getty Bills TE Dawson Know celebrates scoring a touchdown against the Chiefs during the AFC Championship game.

The primetime Week 6 matchup between the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football was such a nail-biter that most viewers completely missed Bills tight end Dawson Knox unintentionally giving quarterback Josh Allen the middle finger in the third quarter.

On Thursday, October 21, the Bills official Twitter account posted a photo of this moment, which took place during one of the most exciting offensive plays of the game.

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Knox, 24, who played quarterback at his Tennessee high school, Brentwood Academy, utilized his throwing skills to pass a toss to Allen to score a two-point conversion, a play known as the “Philly Special.” That score gave the Bills a 31-24 lead and was the last play that put points on Buffalo’s side of the scoreboard.

Knox’s teammate, linebacker Tyrel Dodson, couldn’t believe Knox pulled off flipping the bird mid-play on Monday Night Football. Dodson tweeted a zoomed-in photo of the moment with an entire line of laugh-cry emojis and wrote, “yooo you gotta explain this left hand gesture @dawson_knox.”

When Knox tweeted about the Philly Special play after the game, he didn’t comment on his hand gestures. He joked on October 20, “Never thought throwing shotput in high school would help me in the league but here we are.”


Knox Threw That 2-Point Conversion Pass With a Broken Hand

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GettyDawson Knox and Josh Allen celebrate a touchdown against the Washington Football Team.

Making Knox’s trick play even more impressive, he threw the ball to Allen with a broken hand, which he had injured on a previous play. Allen tried to call off the play but Knox insisted he could get it done.

“That’s why we love him,” Allen said.

On Tuesday, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo tweeted that “TE Dawson Knox broke a bone in his hand. Timeline TBD but the hope is he won’t miss much time.”


Knox Underwent Successful Surgery on His Hand on Tuesday

After head coach Sean McDermott confirmed Knox suffered a fracture in his hand, the Bills announced that he underwent successful surgery on Tuesday, October 19. Shortly after, Knox took to Twitter to thank fans for their support.

An exact timetable for his return has not been given, though the hope is Knox is able to return to the field “sooner rather than later,” according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport. In the meantime, the Bills will need to find a way to replace Knox’s on-field production.

While Tommy Sweeney stepped in for Knox against the Titans and scored his first career NFL touchdown, ESPN’s Bill Barnwell suggested the Bills make a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars to bring in former Buffalo tight end Jacob Hollister, who was cut by the team in late August months after signing a one-year free agent deal.

Whatever the Bills decide to do, the hope is that Knox is able to return sooner than later. Knox, who was selected in the third round of the 2019 NFL draft, is having a breakout season. During the team’s Week 5 Sunday Night Football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, he caught three passes for 117 yards and a touchdown, his fourth consecutive game with a touchdown catch.

Through the Bills’ Week 7 bye, the Ole Miss alum ranks ninth among all NFL tight ends in receiving yards (286) and has hauled in a career-best five touchdowns on 21 receptions. Knox is now only three receptions and two yards shy of surpassing his 2020 totals in 12 games played.

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