EJ Manuel knee injury will keep him out of Bills preseason

Rick Stewart

Buffalo's rookie quarterback has a swollen knee, and the Bills have scheduled a procedure that will keep him out of the team's remaining two preseason games - and could affect his Week 1 availability.

Well, here's a shocking bit of news coming out of left field: Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel will miss the rest of the preseason after he undergoes an already-scheduled procedure on his knee.

Per a team statement, swelling was discovered in Manuel's left knee Saturday morning. After an MRI, the aforementioned procedure - the exact nature of which wasn't specified by the team - was scheduled. The team states that Manuel will miss the Bills' remaining two preseason games, and then be re-assessed prior to the start of the regular season.

Kevin Kolb will start the team's remaining two preseason contests - next Saturday in Washington, and the following Thursday at home against Detroit.

In his first two preseason NFL games, Manuel took a commanding lead on Kolb in the race to be the Bills' opening-day starter, completing 27-of-33 passes for 199 yards with two touchdowns, no interceptions and a 111.9 quarterback rating. That lead instantly becomes meaningless if this procedure prevents him from being physically ready to play in Week 1.

We'll see what Week 1 brings (not to mention Kolb's two starts), but seriously: only in Buffalo.

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