Kolb expected back with Bills on Friday

AP

E.J. Manuel has had a lot of time to himself with the first team at Bills practice this week, but it looks like his counterpart in the team’s quarterback competition will be back sooner rather than later.

Bills coach Doug Marrone said Thursday that he expected Kevin Kolb to make his return from a family funeral on Thursday night and join the rest of the team at St. John Fisher for practice on Friday. Marrone said that he’s spoken to the quarterback, who says his knee is feeling better after an ill-fated run-in with a rubber mat.

“I communicated with Kevin and he said he worked out and did what he had to do from rehabilitation stand point, so he felt good, really good,” Marrone said, via the team’s website. “So, again, Kevin is that type of guy to be the tough kid, so it’s just a matter of when he comes back in, our doctors will look at him. We’re still planning on him hitting the ground sometime late tonight and being here sometime tomorrow.”

Marrone said he wouldn’t make any decision about Kolb’s status for Sunday’s preseason opener against the Colts until he has a chance to see him on the field, so we won’t know until at least Friday if his return will impact Manuel’s playing time. Marrone has said that he sees no reason to rush to name a starting quarterback, which means any results from Sunday will simply be fodder for the eventual decision.

Manuel has drawn praise from Marrone and General Manager Doug Whaley in the last week for his performance thus far, a development that puts pressure on Kolb to make up for the lost time because teams don’t draft quarterbacks in the first round to have them carry clipboards any longer than necessary.

10 responses to “Kolb expected back with Bills on Friday

  1. Don’t get me wrong, I am excited to see what Manuel can do. But I want a healthy Kolb to get the chance to do what he can do. He’s shown flashes of capability to get the job done. This team has an elite running game and more weapons than people realize, plus a fresh new defensive outlook. I really don’t think it’s a reach to think this team can be a a playoff contender with a healthy and focused Kevin Kolb. Let EJ hold the clipboard and put him in if Kolb gets hurt or if the season gets out of hand.

  2. Cant take Kolb seriously because he looks too much like Johnny Knoxville. I keep waiting for him to backhand somebody in the balls.

  3. I think Marrone has had Kolb in mind for the starting job since the day he was brought in and signed.
    E.J. Manuel may be doing well right now, but I believe the Bills want to go with experience over athleticism.
    My opinion on the situation… I don’t care which of the two of them start, as long as we start seeing some W’s. I do believe Kolb can be an above average QB in this league, as long as the Offensive line can keep him upright. With a solid line, we’ll see big things this season.

  4. losangelesbillsofbuffalo says: Aug 8, 2013 3:34 PM
    I really don’t think it’s a reach to think this team can be a a playoff contender??

    Nope, it is a reach. A HUGE reach. Just get out of the basement and put the jets in your place. That’s about as good as it gets.

  5. After ‘The Mat’ fiasco, Vegas has laid 75-1 odds that Kolb gets out of the preseason uninjured, and 10-1 he gets out of his house uninjured.

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