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Buffalo Bills news, 8/19: quarterback competition on hold for now

With EJ Manuel sidelined for the rest of the preseason, the quarterback competition is on hold for now. Reactions to that big injury plus more from around the team in today's links.

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Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

ReFocused: Minnesota @ Buffalo - Pro Football Focus

The folks at PFF noted the wide receivers didn't drop a ball, EJ Manuel threw one pass longer than 10 yards, and Cordy Glenn did very well against Jared Allen. The offensive line graded out well, too, except for Colin Brown at left guard.

Practice Notes, Aug. 18th -
Kiko Alonso, Leodis McKelvin and Stevie Johnson all practiced on Sunday.

QB Jeff Tuel's time on the rise again -
"If you go into anything thinking you have no shot, you’re dooming yourself from the beginning," said Tuel. "I just take it one rep at a time, and make the best plays I can: the best reads, the best throws, all that. Just continue to get better and see where it takes me."

Offense pressing forward minus EJ Manuel -
"He’s a guy that can make plays for us," said Fred Jackson of Manuel. "But we’ve also always felt we want to make this thing go through us as running backs. We have all the confidence in the world in Kevin (Kolb) and we’ll do whatever we can in that running back room to help make that situation a lot better for everybody in that quarterback room to make it easier for them."

Bills Roundup: Manuel Out, Sunday Highlights -
"The Bills got back on the practice field on Sunday without quarterback EJ Manuel, who will miss time with a knee injury, get all the latest news and highlights from Chris Brown at camp."

T.J.: I’m playing in the Redskins game -
"You’ve got to be smart about things and reinjuring yourself wouldn’t be great," said Graham. "But yeah I was pretty anxious to get out here and pretty happy to be back on the grass with my pads on and hoping to get a full practice in tomorrow."

EJ timetable tricky after preseason -
"I think what we’re going to do is let’s not talk about the timetable until we get through this preseason. I understand he’s not going to be here for the preseason, but any time after that my expectation is he’ll be day to day after that."

Bills’ QB competition on hold for now - The Buffalo News
"I really view this procedure as minor. I don’t view it as something that, ‘Hey, we’re not sure.’ This is a very, very minor procedure so I’m not really concerned about it," coach Doug Marrone said, without revealing the exact nature of the injury.

There’s no need to panic, Bills’ Manuel will be fine - The Buffalo News
"Imagine if that scenario had cropped up with the Bills in August. This is a big disappointment but it’s not a crisis. For now, you just let Kevin Kolb shepherd the club through the final two preseason games and see where you stand." Mike Harrington writes about the Bills.

Bills Manuel Has His Procedure - WGR 550
"During the course of the game, we did not get anything communicated from him or anyone else as far as what might have occurred. After the game was over, he felt a little bump. We checked his stability and it was good that night. That’s all we were going on. The next day, I think is the most important thing to focus on, a little bit of swelling. Then you get a concern. Our staff checked him out with an MRI, saw something and went through a minor procedure."

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers sliding off radar - ESPN
Mike Rodak takes a look at the wide receiver competition and how Da'Rick Rogers has fallen out of the picture recently.

Sorting the Sunday Pile: Manuel's mysterious injury puts Bills in limbo - CBS Sports
"Perhaps Marrone is just simply being secretive with a preseason knee injury to a rookie. (How can Manuel suddenly become 'day-to-day' just because the preseason ends?) But the problem is Manuel's supposed to be Buffalo's Week 1 starter."