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EJ Manuel to miss rest of preseason with knee injury

By Jay Skurski

The Buffalo Bills' quarterback competition took a drastic turn this afternoon with the news that rookie first-round pick EJ Manuel will miss the rest of the preseason because of a knee injury.

The Bills released a statement from coach Doug Marrone via email at 4:06 p.m. announcing the injury.

It reads:

"EJ Manuel had some swelling in his left knee this morning and was examined by our medical staff. An MRI revealed that he will need to have a minor knee procedure and that has been scheduled. He will miss the remainder of the preseason and then be re-evaluated at that time. Kevin Kolb will be our starting quarterback for this weekend's game at Washington."

Manuel made no mention of the injury following last night's 20-16 victory over the Minnesota Vikings at Ralph Wilson Stadium. He showed no sign of an obvious injury in addressing the media at the podium.

Manuel has led the Bills to a 2-0 start in the preseason. He's gone 26 of 33 for 199 yards and two touchdowns in those two games.

"I thought personally I did well when I had the chance to go out there and play," Manuel said last night.

The Bills also announced that wide receiver Kevin Elliott suffered a torn anterior-cruciate ligament and will miss the season.

The team returns to practice at 8 a.m. Sunday at St. John Fisher College. Marrone will update the media regarding Manuel following that workout.


Doug Marrone | EJ Manuel | Kevin Elliott | Kevin Kolb
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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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