Yesterday, it certainly seemed as if former Seminoles quarterback EJ Manuel had the starting job for the Buffalo Bills all but locked up. After his competition, Kevin Kolb, was less than impressive in starting the game against the Minnesota Vikings on Friday night, EJ came in and impressed everyone once again just as he did in the Bills’ first preseason contest against the Indianapolis Colts. He tossed yet another touchdown pass and seemed poised to have head coach Doug Marrone announce him as the clear-cut starting QB in Buffalo.
Instead, Marrone was forced to announce other news, news that many fans–Buffalo and FSU included–did not want to hear.
In what some would consider surprising news, EJ underwent an MRI last night following the game which would end up revealing that the quarterback would need to undergo a “minor procedure” on his knee, the Bills announced on Saturday.
EJ Manuel had some swelling in his left knee this morning and was examined by our medical staff,” the Bills said in a team statement. “An MRI revealed that he will need to have a minor knee procedure and that has been scheduled. He will miss the remainder of the preseason and then be re-evaluated at that time. Kevin Kolb will be our starting quarterback for this weekend’s game at Washington.
This is surprising as it seemed last night that Manuel was moving around pretty well and , judging by his performance, looked as if he was ready to take full command of the starting job from Kolb.
Through the two preseason games he saw action in, EJ went 26-for-33 with 199 yards, two touchdowns and no picks. He appeared comfortable running the offense in his first bits of NFL action, including that impressive two-minute drill he engineered against Indy last Sunday.
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