Buffalo Bills injury report: recapping a long weekend

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Good news: only four of the seven names on the Buffalo Bills' injury list were thought to be in contention for starting jobs this summer. Good grief.

It's been a long week on the injury front for the Buffalo Bills, and it's only Tuesday evening. A few of our readers have emailed asking for a roundup on the latest injury information for every player currently dinged on the roster, and, well, we live to serve. Here we go.

QB EJ Manuel - Doug Marrone confirmed to reporters on Tuesday that Manuel, who had a knee procedure on August 18, has progressed to the point that he's doing footwork drills and riding the stationary bike. The hope is that he'll be ready to play in Week 1 against New England, but that is far from a guarantee.

QB Kevin Kolb - Diagnosed with a concussion after taking a knee to the back of the helmet in last week's loss to Washington, Kolb will be out of the lineup indefinitely. Reports surfaced that the Bills were proceeding as if the concussion would end Kolb's career - it's his third such injury - and though they've since added two quarterbacks to the roster, Marrone insists that Kolb is not even considering that avenue at this point.

WR Kevin Elliott - Elliott sits on Injured Reserve having played just seven snaps in preseason action (all on special teams) before tearing an ACL. The second-year wideout has a good amount of talent, and it's looking like the team will keep him around to give him another look next summer.

OT Chris Hairston - Presumed to be in line for the starting right tackle job through the spring, Hairston landed on Active/PUP at the beginning of training camp with what was reported as a back injury. He was seen walking around the track and riding a stationary bike at St. John Fisher College. On Monday, the Bills placed him on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list, ending his 2013 season - and the exact nature of his injury remains a mystery.

OLB Marcus Dowtin - Dowtin was injured in the second half of the Washington game, and has been limited in practice this week. Marrone told reporters that the versatile linebacker is dealing with an ankle problem, but that he's expected to play on Thursday against Detroit.

OLB Kourtnei Brown - Having missed the team's last two preseason games with an undisclosed ailment, Brown has returned to the practice field this week and is looking like a sure bet to play against Detroit as he tries to make one last positive impression in his roster bid.

CB Stephon Gilmore - After an off-season in which his late-2012 season surge earned him a heap of praise and a ton of buzz, Gilmore broke his wrist last weekend against Washington. He had successful surgery on the wrist on Monday, and is expected to miss six to eight weeks.

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