Kolb not at practice after injuring knee on Saturday

AP

On Saturday, Bills coach Doug Marrone described quarterback Kevin Kolb, who injured his knee while slipping on a rubber mat on the way to the practice field, as “day to day.”

Sunday isn’t the day Kolb will return.

Via multiple reports, Kolb isn’t present for Sunday’s practice.  While Marrone said the injury isn’t significant, every injury that causes a player to miss practice time can become significant, because it can give the other guy competing for the job greater opportunities to take it.

In Kolb’s case, he’s trying to hold off rookie EJ Manuel.

Manuel surely wasn’t drafted sixteenth overall to be a backup.  It’s just a matter of time, then, before he starts, whether because he beats out Kolb or because the oft-injured Kolb is once again injured.

For now, the oft-injured Kolb’s most recent injury gives Manuel an opportunity to take the job and run with it.

Preferably not on a rubber mat.

23 responses to “Kolb not at practice after injuring knee on Saturday

  1. There is some suspicion that a foreign substance was applied to the mat, causing it to be unstable. Kevin may have been a victim of the traditional “dumb hayseed seven year vet journeyman with his third team” hazing. But it’s not certain.

  2. Yo, experts.

    You all keep expecting Manuel to take the offense by the horns and put the pedal to metal and zoom off to stardom.

    That might happen. Then again, it might not, if the pre0draft assessments of the other NFL teams prove correct and the Bills’ assessment turns out to be based on Manuel’s one really excellent day of exhibiting his skills.

    Reality is probably in the middle. Manuel is a bit better than the rest of the NFL’s assessment of him. But Manuel is no Eli Manning who took over in mid-season and nowhere as good as Luck, RGIII, and Wilson.

    Look for Manuel to look exactly like the rookie he is and to get beat-up behind the Bills’s average offensive line.

  3. Geez, just hand the starting job to the rookie cause Kolb is a walking china doll…he can’t take a hit and injuring himself on a rubber mat is almost as funny as Mark Sanchez’s buttfumble…Kolb is a pure bum who can’t stay healthy!

  4. Manuel/Kolb should be like Skelton/Kolb was for the Cardinals, except in cold, snowy conditions instead of a nice dome.

  5. In an unrelated story, Jets fans have been spotted carrying rubber mats to training camp…

  6. It’s all about opportunity and kolb has had more than most.

    Look at victor Cruz. Easily could of been cut. Was given a chance.

    Usually I’d feel bad for the likes of Tarvaris Jackson, Kevin kolb, but then I look in the mirror and remember I’m 29 5’7″ and 184 slow as dirt can catch great but that doesn’t matter… Theyve been afforded the gifts of measurables and talent to get a damn chance. Ill just go back to my construction job and plug away tomorrow. Wish my life involved studying a child’s game, and not more than fourteen padded practices.

  7. truths4all says:
    Aug 4, 2013 3:01 PM

    Yo, experts.

    You all keep expecting Manuel to take the offense by the horns and put the pedal to metal and zoom off to stardom.

    That might happen. Then again, it might not, if the pre0draft assessments of the other NFL teams prove correct and the Bills’ assessment turns out to be based on Manuel’s one really excellent day of exhibiting his skills.

    Reality is probably in the middle. Manuel is a bit better than the rest of the NFL’s assessment of him. But Manuel is no Eli Manning who took over in mid-season and nowhere as good as Luck, RGIII, and Wilson.

    Look for Manuel to look exactly like the rookie he is and to get beat-up behind the Bills’s average offensive line.

    Average offensive line? Not true. Above average is more like it. Last season the Bills O-line was the 10th best at keeping their Quarterback upright, 10th in the NFL in the running game. Whoever is under center, whether it be Manuel, Kolb or Tuel, they will be perfectly fine.

    Also, how do you know that Manuel is not as good as Luck, RGIII or Wilson? He has never even played in an NFL game. Nobody thought Russell Wilson was going to be as good as he is, not even his own team, but look how that turned out. Lets wait until mid-season before we write him off as another dud or crown him king.

  8. Just let Manuel start. Even if he struggles a bit he will still make more big plays than Fitzpatrick ever could. Last year the Bills biggest problem was their TERRIBLE defense. Offense wasn’t bad thanks to Spiller… thanks to him they averaged 5.6 yards a play, which ranked them (tied for) 12th in the league. However, thanks to Gailey’s play calling and Fitzpatrick’s inability to make big plays, they ranked 27th in plays per game.

  9. Kolb needs to start working out if he wants to stay in the game. Injuries aren’t always freak accidents, sometimes a little lifting goes a long way.

  10. Old Man Wilson had better sign that rubber mat to a big, fat long term contract before some other team picks him up.

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