Two Buffalo Bills players were injured during training camp practice on Saturday morning, and neither one was actually participating in the sport of football when the injuries occurred.
Veteran quarterback Kevin Kolb injured his knee early in the session after slipping on a rubber mat while walking between practice fields. He did not return, and thus far there's no indication on the severity of the injury. We talked more about Kolb's morning in this post.
Later on in practice, reserve cornerback Crezdon Butler scuffled with wideout Chris Hogan. During the dust-up, Butler's helmet came off and collided with his face, causing trainers to spend time attending to his nose. (This was the second camp fight in which Butler has been a participant in six practices, by the way; a tussle with Robert Woods preceded today's bout.)
While we await word on Kolb and how his injury could impact his battle with rookie EJ Manuel for the starting job, here are some of the other news items worth discussing from today's practice:
Mario, Stevie work on the sidelines
Two of the Bills' most popular players, Mario Williams and Stevie Johnson, worked predominantly on the sidelines as each deals with injuries (left foot for Williams, left hamstring for Johnson). The receiver did not participate in any portion of practice - instead working with trainers off to the side - but Williams did some individual work with the defensive linemen before heading to the sidelines again, according to WGR 550's Joe Buscaglia. That's a step forward for Williams, who has not participated in any team portions of practice yet this summer.
More reps for Legursky
For a second straight day, veteran offensive lineman Doug Legursky took first-team reps at left guard. Colin Brown, the incumbent candidate for that job, ran with the second team after working with the ones for the first four days of camp. This left guard battle remains the most closely contested job opening on the roster, and it's looking like Legursky could end up equaling Brown's number of first-team reps by the time we get to Monday night's full-team scrimmage.
"Well... how did Manuel fare taking all of the first-team reps?", you are obviously asking aloud to your computer monitor, incredulous it hasn't yet been addressed in this post. The Bills' official team Twitter feed spent the most time tweeting about his practice efforts on Saturday.
EJ Manuel deep to WR Marcus Easley in stride in 7-on-7 #BillsCamp— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) August 3, 2013
Everything but the catch: EJ Manuel avoids pressure, steps up and lofts a perfect pass to Da'Rick Rogers for a would-be TD. #BillsCamp— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) August 3, 2013
EJ Manuel in 11-on-11 vs 1st tm D: 4-5 to 4 different targets. Woods on a slant for big yardage, designed QB keeper for 15+. Took one sack.— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) August 3, 2013
Another good sign: EJ Manuel sliding to avoid a hit after a quick scramble #BillsCamp— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) August 3, 2013
Marrone on increased reps for EJ Manuel: "It was a smooth transition."— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) August 3, 2013
Take all of that with a grain of salt, of course, but there weren't any indications that Manuel was struggling with more first-team reps, either.
We'll have more on this morning's training camp practice as we hear it. For now, Kolb's knee is the big story - and one that could have huge implications on the shape of the season if it's considered serious.