Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel had surgery on his left knee on Sunday morning that is expected to keep him out for the rest of the preseason.
Coach Doug Marrone didn’t get into too many details about the injury that led Manuel to the operating room, but did say that he views “the procedure as minor.” Marrone also said that the team was not planning to add a quarterback to the roster in the wake of Manuel’s loss unless something changes with the prognosis for his recovery.
“We should be able to judge better in 2 weeks when EJ comes back,” Marrone said, via the team.
With no quarterbacks joining the team, the Bills will go with Kevin Kolb and Jeff Tuel for the rest of the preseason. Kolb got the start against the Vikings in the second preseason game and will get ample time to make the case that he should start over a rookie coming off a knee procedure after seemingly falling behind Manuel in the competition to be the team’s starter over the first few weeks of camp. Tuel, who has played well in the preseason, would also seem to stand a better chance at earning a spot on the 53-man roster due to the uncertainty about Manuel’s availability at the start of the season.