By Mark Gaughan
PITTSFORD --Bills quarterback Kevin Kolb gave new meaning to the term freak injury Saturday when he hurt his knee from a slip on a rubber walkway between two practice fields. Kolb didn't even fall to the ground.
"Kevin slipped on his way transferring from field to field," said coach Doug Marrone. "He bumped his knee and he'll be day to day."
Marrone said it's not a significant injury. However, Kolb is locked in a battle with first-round draft pick EJ Manuel for the starting quarterback job. Manuel has looked good through the first week of camp. So any time missed, even if it's only a week, is a setback for Kolb.
The Bills had just finished initial walk-through periods and stretching. The quarterbacks and receivers were walking from the grass field, where most of the practice takes place, to the artificial turf field to conduct about 12 minutes of passing and cathcing with receivers. It's something they do early every practice day.
It's about a 50-yard walk, and rubber mats cover the asphalt distance between the fields. The mats were a little wet. Kolb slipped. Bills head trainer Bud Carpenter just happened to be walking close by Kolb. Even though Kolb didn't fall, it was immediately apparent he had "tweaked" something. He put his arm on Carpenter's shoulder then tossed his helmet in frustration before sitting on the ground. He then was escorted about 50 yards into the locker room.
Kolb, a seven-year NFL veteran, had trouble staying healthy the previous four seasons. He was knocked out of the Arizona lineup by a concussion suffered in a game against the Bills.
Asked about Kolb's injury history, Marrone said: "Sometimes when I look at players, especially the quarterback position, Kevin has played that position and has taken some big hits. I think anyone in that position probably would have sustained the same amount, give or take a little. It's disappointing when you get labeled like that because the one thing I do know about Kevin, he is a tough son of a gun. He'll get back out there quickly if it's up to him."
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