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Doug Marrone “hoping” E.J. Manuel can return for opener

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After the Bills lost quarterback Kevin Kolb to a possible concussion on Saturday, coach Doug Marrone summed up the team’s situation at quarterback rather tidily when he said that things were not “fine and dandy” at the position.

The team is reportedly bringing in veterans Matt Leinart and John Beck for workouts so they can add a healthy body alongside Jeff Tuel for the remainder of the preseason, but going with an undrafted rookie and a veteran castoff at quarterback clearly wasn’t what the team was hoping to do for the season opener. That’s why Marrone remains hopeful that first-round pick E.J. Manuel can make it back from knee surgery in time to play the Patriots on September 8.

“That’s what I’m hoping for,” Marrone said, via the team’s website. “He had the procedure done and he was with us on the field the other day just watching and observing. I think we just have to wait until that period where the doctor looks at him and says, ‘Here’s where we are.’ Because people recover so differently from minor stuff.”

Marrone also mentioned wide receiver Brad Smith, who played quarterback in college, and running back Fred Jackson as emergency options at quarterback for the Bills, but having those names come up in discussion merely underscores the need for the Bills to shore up the position while getting Manuel back as soon as possible.

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10 Responses to “Doug Marrone “hoping” E.J. Manuel can return for opener”
  1. ampats says: Aug 25, 2013 11:34 AM

    I’m not a doctor but I find it hard to believe Manuel or any player can return two weeks after surgery and play at a high level. If Kolb had a concussion, I don’t see why he wouldn’t be available in two weeks. Manuel looks like he could be the real deal for the Bills.

  2. sampleskaren says: Aug 25, 2013 11:46 AM

    good post ever

  3. 1pwrightt says: Aug 25, 2013 11:56 AM

    Just saying. Its not a good sign when you are getting your QB’S from the Arizona Cardinals. Kolb and now Leinart? Who’s next Skelton? Heck I can’t even remember Skelton’s first name and I’m a Cards fan.

  4. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 25, 2013 11:59 AM

    Things are looking grim for Bills fans to start the season. Pats will go in there and steamroller them if they don’t get it together.

  5. jagwires says: Aug 25, 2013 12:20 PM

    I can remember Skeltons first name (John) and Im a Jaguars fan.

    Game day bucket go BOOM.

  6. Corey Jeppesen says: Aug 25, 2013 12:27 PM

    You’re a Cards fan and you can’t remember JOHN Skeltons name? Not a fan.

  7. bigdicktater says: Aug 25, 2013 1:17 PM

    Corey: He may be trying to forget.

  8. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Aug 25, 2013 2:55 PM

    The ‘Hawks are probably only going to keep 2 QBs. You can have Brady Quinn.

    What, you thought I was gonna say Tarvaris Jackson?

  9. mrpkg says: Aug 25, 2013 3:00 PM

    Maybe the Bills should wait for NE to cut Tim Tebow and sign him!

  10. mackcarrington says: Aug 25, 2013 9:40 PM

    The Bills wont say what “procedure” Manuel had, but even a “minor” arthroscopy involves having a hole drilled into your knee.

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