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Bills endure miserable day in blowout loss to Redskins

By Mark Gaughan

LANDOVER, Md. – It was all bad news for the Buffalo Bills Saturday, and the fact they lost to the Washington Redskins, 30-7, was hardly the team's worst development.

Quarterback Kevin Kolb suffered from concussion like symptoms after taking a blow to the head in the first quarter. With rookie EJ Manuel already out due to last week’s knee surgery, that leaves undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel as the only healthy quarterback on the roster.

The Bills play their exhibition finale at home against Detroit in five days. Manuel already has been ruled out for the game. It seems certain the team will have to sign some free-agent quarterback to fill in.

Whether Manuel can be ready for the season opener against New England remains in serious doubt. Kolb, meanwhile, has had numerous concussions in his career.

Also on the injury front, the Bills lost their top cornerback, Stephon Gilmore, to a hand injury in the second quarter. Starting safety Da'Norris Searcy left the game in the second quarter after taking a blow to the head.

Meanwhile, star running back C.J. Spiller faces a personal crisis this week in the wake of a shooting spree in Florida. Spiller's step-grandfather reportedly has been identified as the gunman who killed two men and injured two others before committing suicide this morning in Union County, Florida.

The ABC affiliate in Gainesville, Fla., reported Union County Sheriff Jerry Whitehead has announced Hubert Allen Jr. went to his former place of employment, Pritchett Trucking, and shot an employee.

Allen then reportedly went to the family farm of company owner Marvin Pritchett, killed him and a farmhand and shot another man before returning home to kill himself.


C.J. Spiller | Da'Norris Searcy | EJ Manuel | Jeff Tuel | Kevin Kolb | Stephon Gilmore
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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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