As I wrote in my previous article, Buffalo Bills quarterback
Kevin Kolb injured his knee in a most unusual manner. On Saturday, while walking from one field to
the other, Kolb slipped on a rubber mat used to cover the asphalt between
At the time, Bills coach, Doug Marrone, dismissed the
slippery mishap and declared Kolb “day-by-day” because he “bumped his knee.” With all professional athletes, they know their
own bodies and the oft-injured Kolb has plenty of experience knowing when he is
injured. After the glide on the slide,
Kolb slammed his helmet, telling this writer he thinks it is more serious.
Sometimes, player knows best.
According to Mike Florio of NBC Sports, Kolb was not present
for Sunday’s practice. Even though
Marrone is downplaying the injury and Kolb’s reaction could be an
over-reaction, anytime on the pine for Kolb gives rookie EJ Manuel more time to
prove himself. Obviously, when the Bills
drafted Manuel, they envisioned him to be a starter. However, Kolb’s injury may thrust Manuel into
the role of Sunday signal caller earlier than expected.
The pressure put on both Kolb and Manuel by the Bills
is unnecessary. Bills
general manager, Doug Whaley, called Manuel the “face of the franchise.” This causes Kolb to have in the back of his
mind that he must be at the top of his game or his career as a starter in the
NFL will be over and Manuel now has the weight of Western New York on his inexperienced
shoulders. For the dedicated fans of the
Buffalo Bills, let us hope Manuel has been training those deltoids.
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