The E.J. Manuel train has been picking up so momentum in Buffalo, but it will pause on Friday night against the Vikings.
The length of that pause will be partially in the hands of Kevin Kolb.
Bills coach Doug Marrone announced Wednesday that Kolb will start at quarterback in the team’s second preseason game. Kolb did not play in the opener after tweaking his knee after slipping on a rubber mat while Manuel played the entire half and played fairly well in his first NFL action of any kind.
Kolb described himself as less than 100 percent on Monday and said he was pushing the envelope to get back on the field and into the competition as soon as possible. There don’t appear to be any paper cuts, so he’ll have a chance to make a case for himself as the man to lead the Bills offense.
Marrone said Kolb hasn’t shown much rust since returning to the field and that he would have started the first preseason game if he’d been healthy. Marrone also confirmed that Kolb will not have wide receiver Stevie Johnson as a target since he’ll remain out with a hamstring strain.