PITTSFORD, NY (WIVB) - The Buffalo Bills returned to work Sunday morning after Friday's preseason win over the Minnesota Vikings. Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel was not in attendance after it was announced on Saturday that he will miss the remainder of the preseason with a knee injury. Manuel underwent what head coach Doug Marrone called a "very, very minor procedure" early Sunday morning back in Buffalo.
It was not certain when Manuel was hurt, but it happened sometime during his first drive to start the third quarter of Friday night's game. He felt a little soreness after the game but was not determined to be anything serious.
"The next day, I think is the most important thing to focus on. A little bit of swelling. Then you get a concern. Our staff checked him out with an MRI, saw something and went through a minor procedure." said Marrone after practice.
The Bills will not sign another quarterback with Manuel's absence.
With only two quarterbacks on the roster, veteran Kevin Kolb and undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel, Kolb will resume the starting role under center. Kolb took the first team reps in practice Sunday morning and is looking forward to getting his second straight preseason start.
"Yeah, that’ll be nice. It really will. It will allow you to get in a groove. It was obviously, like I told you before, there was a little bit of rust for me to knock off. So this will just help continue to do that and be prepared for everything down the road in the future."
The question now is what happens with the quarterback competition? Marrone addressed that question cautiously.
"I don’t know. Again, that’s something I was trying to give you a frame of reference to how I think. There are a lot of variables that go into that: how Kevin (Kolb) is doing, how he is playing, how EJ comes back from the time off, a lot of speculation on that. I think I’ll be able to answer that question once we get to the day-to-day and he’s out here practicing."
"I know that position gets a lot of attention, but it’s the same thing whether it’s the guard position, the tackle position, a defensive position--we’re going to put the best players out there. I would disagree a little bit with some of the injuries. With a minor injury, I really view this procedure as minor. I don’t view it as something that hey we’re not sure. This is a very, very minor procedure, so I’m not really concerned about it."
On defense the Bills saw two starters return to work. Cornerback Leodis McKelvin and linebacker Kiko Alonso were back on the field and both are looking to play in Saturday's game against the Redskins. Wide receiver TJ Graham was also dressed, but was extremely limited
The team also announced they have released offensive lineman Tony Hills, defensive backs Mark LeGree and Don Unamba, and wide receiver Terrell Sinkfield.
The Bills return to the field Monday morning at 8am.
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