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August 19, 2013

Bills hint Manuel may be ready by opener

Niagara Gazette — PITTSFORD — Knee injuries keep getting in the way of Buffalo’s quarterback competition. The latest one may even have decided it temporarily.

Bills coach Doug Marrone said Sunday that rookie E.J. Manuel had a “minor procedure” on his left knee Sunday morning. Marrone declined to elaborate on the exact nature of the procedure but said that Manuel will miss the remainder of the preseason. After two weeks, he will be considered day to day.

“I understand that he’s not going to be here for the preseason but any time after that right now my expectation is he’ll be day to day,” Marrone said.

Marrone added that there’s a “good chance” Manuel will be ready for the start of the season.

Kevin Kolb, who is competing with Manuel for the starting job and had been outplayed in games so far, missed more than a week after twisting his left knee after he tripped on a wet mat while going between Buffalo’s practice fields.

Manuel was hurt in Buffalo’s preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings on Friday. He left the game at the end of the third quarter and did not show any signs of injury afterward. But there was swelling in his left knee Saturday morning, and the Bills announced the injury in a statement later that afternoon.

“After the game was over, (he) felt a little bump, we checked, stability was good and really that night that’s all that we were going on,” Marrone said. “The next day I think is the most important thing to focus on. There was a little bit of swelling, obviously then you get a concern. Our staff obviously checked him out with an MRI, saw something, went through a minor procedure.”

Manuel told Marrone that he believed the injury occurred on the QB’s sixth play of the game when Manuel scrambled to his right for a five-yard gain. That play was called back on a holding penalty. Manuel finished that series, leading the Bills on a 14-play, 80-yard touchdown drive and would play two more series before leaving the game as planned.

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