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E.J. Manuel sprained his left knee on Sunday

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Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel started his rookie season dealing with a left knee injury that required surgery and the knee is bothering him again as the season winds down.

Luckily for the Bills, it doesn’t appear to be as serious an injury this time around. Coach Doug Marrone said Manuel sprained his left knee during the 27-20 victory over Jacksonville, but played the entire game and Marrone doesn’t think it will impede him come Sunday even if it limits him in practice this week.

“He should be OK,” Marrone said, via Tim Graham of the Buffalo News. “I don’t feel like it’s going to be anything. We have time.”

Manuel missed the preseason after his surgery and then missed several weeks this season after injuring his right knee. The missed time hasn’t helped Manuel’s development and it’s shown in inconsistent play over the course of the season. He played well after a rough start against the Jaguars, though. Manuel threw an early interception, but finished the day 17-of-24 for 193 yards and two touchdowns while also running for 39 yards and a score.

Assuming no further injury issues crop up, Manuel should have the entire offseason to concentrate on the improvements he needs to become the quarterback the Bills want him to be.

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10 Responses to “E.J. Manuel sprained his left knee on Sunday”
  1. mackcarrington says: Dec 16, 2013 3:13 PM

    This is encouraging. Joe Namath had bad knees and he made the Hall Of fame.

  2. meatcarroll says: Dec 16, 2013 3:22 PM

    Should’ve purchased an E.J. Automatic instead.

  3. cjspiller12 says: Dec 16, 2013 3:36 PM

    mackcarrington says:Dec 16, 2013 3:13 PM

    This is encouraging. Joe Namath had bad knees and he made the Hall Of fame.
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    LOL!!! Great post and funny!! However, my own persoanl opinion on Joe Namath…..he shouldn’t be in the Hall of Fame, period. Only QB in the HOF that has more INT’s than TD’s. Only reason he is in because of his bold guaranteering Jets’ victory over the favored C0lts. If not for that, he wouldn’t be there. And the socre of that game was 16-7. He did nothing in that game. It was won by Matt Snell and the Defense. Look at his stats. 173 TD passes with 220 INTS does not merit HOF status.

  4. mackcarrington says: Dec 16, 2013 4:02 PM

    @cjspiller12:
    I agree with most of your sentiments. Namath is largely in the Hall because of what he meant to the AFL. He was the first to give the league true “star power”, helped raise salaries for other players, and triggered the “war” on the NFL that forced the merger.

  5. stevietimmy says: Dec 16, 2013 4:13 PM

    cjspiller12 says:

    Dec 16, 2013 3:36 PM
    mackcarrington says:Dec 16, 2013 3:13 PM

    This is encouraging. Joe Namath had bad knees and he made the Hall Of fame.
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    LOL!!! Great post and funny!! However, my own persoanl opinion on Joe Namath…..he shouldn’t be in the Hall of Fame, period. Only QB in the HOF that has more INT’s than TD’s. Only reason he is in because of his bold guaranteering Jets’ victory over the favored C0lts. If not for that, he wouldn’t be there. And the socre of that game was 16-7. He did nothing in that game. It was won by Matt Snell and the Defense. Look at his stats. 173 TD passes with 220 INTS does not merit HOF status.

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    I am curious as to what Suzy Kobler’s take on this is.

  6. corkspop says: Dec 16, 2013 4:42 PM

    Namath brought more to the game than a one time bold prediction. He was a leader, and, fun to watch. He could still put the ball right on target when his running backs were banged up and the defense knew he was going to throw. Great QB that gave his team confidence.

  7. corkspop says: Dec 16, 2013 4:42 PM

    And EJ Manuel? Seems a little injury-prone. Uh-oh.

  8. cjspiller12 says: Dec 16, 2013 5:53 PM

    mackcarrington says:
    Dec 16, 2013 4:02 PM
    @cjspiller12:
    I agree with most of your sentiments. Namath is largely in the Hall because of what he meant to the AFL. He was the first to give the league true “star power”, helped raise salaries for other players, and triggered the “war” on the NFL that forced the merger.
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    Yes, I agree with you, well said.

  9. mastereee says: Dec 17, 2013 2:18 AM

    ej sucks… all he does is check down… his arm is weak too – reminds me alot of chad pennington…but will never even be as close as chad was… and thats not saying much

  10. jeffreyshulenburg says: Dec 17, 2013 1:02 PM

    @ mastereee ej sucks… all he does is check down… his arm is weak too – reminds me alot of chad pennington…but will never even be as close as chad was… and thats not saying much

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    While Ill agree he checks down too much, any QB that can hit Olympic track star Marquise Goodwin in stride for a bomb is NOT lacking in arm strength.

    I venture to say that what Manuel is missing is an OL. Hes one of the slowest QBs in the league at getting the ball out. He lacks anticipation which is something learnable, however he cant learn it if the OL is leaking rushers into the backfield on every play. He has been sacked 11 times in the past 2 weeks. I honestly am not surprised his knees keep getting hit.

    I think Manuel CAN develop into an NFL QB. If he WILL depends on his ability to learn anticipation and keep healthy

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