NFL

Rookie QB Manuel to start for Bills against Colts

{eot}
The Canadian Press
8/9/2013 10:23:45 PM
Decrease Text SizeIncrease Text Size
Text Size

PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel will start Sunday's preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts.

Bills coach Doug Marrone made the announcement after the team's practice on Friday night.

Kevin Kolb, Manuel's competitor for Buffalo's starting quarterback job, will serve as an emergency QB as he makes his way back from a left knee injury.

Kolb returned to practice on Friday, but was limited and did not take part in any team drills after missing time due to a death in the family. Kolb had been excused from training camp since Monday afternoon.

At Friday's practice, Kolb went to the locker room a little over an hour into the workout to receive treatment on his knee. He hurt the knee last Saturday when he tripped on a mat between Buffalo's practice fields.

"Not having him in the treatment, being away for a couple days because of a personal issue, I think that it's a little tight," Marrone said.

"He is going to dress, he is going to be there and then knock on wood if we don't need the third quarterback, if we do need one we'll put him in there and obviously he'll just be handing the ball off and not put him in jeopardy."

Manuel was the 16th overall selection in the draft.

"I'm very excited," Manuel said about his first exhibition start. "I think we've worked out very hard these past two weeks and I know I'm going to be very excited to play against a different team. ... I think the biggest thing is to just go out and relax and play football."

With Kolb unlikely to play, undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel will serve as Manuel's backup against the Colts.

Cornerback Leodis McKelvin (groin) and wide receiver Brad Smith (undisclosed) will not play. McKelvin, who had groin surgery in the off-season, has been dealing with soreness since the team's night practice on Monday. Marrone said that McKelvin met with Buffalo's doctors Friday night for further evaluation.

The status of defensive end Mario Williams (sore foot) will be determined in warmups prior to Sunday's game, Marrone said. Williams participated in practice Friday, but is making his way back after missing the start of camp.

EJ Manuel (Photo: Canadian Press)

zoom

(Photo: Canadian Press)
Share This

Share This

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to FarkAdd to TwitterAdd to Stumble UponAdd to Reddit
Print this Story


Podcasts

TSN 1050: The Bryan Hayes Show: Septemeber 2nd - Alex Marvez

Alex Marvez of Fox Sports 1 joins the show to discuss Jim Irsay, Michael Sam, and J.J Watt.

TSN 1050: Game Night: September 1 - Matt Florjancic

WKYC Cleveland's Matt Florjancic joins Andy McNamara and John Letherby on Game Night.

TSN 1050: Game Night: Joe Horrigan - July 30

Pro Football Hall of Fame VP of Communications Joe Horrigan joined Game Night with Jim Tatti & Andy McNamara to talk NFL Hall of Fame Weekend


More Podcasts

NFL on TSN and CTV

Sunday, September 28

Buffalo Bills at Houston Texans - 1pm et/10am pt (CTV Toronto, CTV Kitchener, CTV Ottawa, CTV Northern Ontario, CKPR)


Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears - 1pm et/10am pt (CTV Vancouver, CTV Alberta, CTV Saskatchewan, CTV Winnipeg, CITL)


Detroit Lions at New York Jets - 1pm et/10am pt (CTV Montreal, CTV Atlantic)


Carolina Panthers at Baltimore Ravens - 1pm et/10am pt (TSN2)


Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers - 4:25pm et/1:25pm pt (CTV Toronto, CTV Kitchener, CTV Ottawa, CTV Northern Ontario, CTV Montreal, CTV Vancouver, CTV Alberta, CTV Saskatchewan, CTV Two Atlantic, CKPR, CITL)


Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings - 4:25pm et/1:25pm pt (TSN2, CTV Winnipeg)


New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys
8:15pm et/5:15pm pt (TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5)


Monday, September 29

New England Patriots at Kansas City Chiefs
7pm et/4pm pt (TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5)


NFL on TSN Broadcast Schedule

© 2014
All rights reserved.
Bell Media Television