The Buffalo Bills will name their starting quarterback ten days before their regular season opener against the New England Patriots, and one of their two hopefuls suffered a freak accident. Kevin Kolb has been outplayed by raw rookie signal-caller E.J. Manuel, who has looked the part with his arm strength, leadership presence, and mental make-up. Kolb has experience on his side and wasn’t half bad when he was actually healthy last season for the Arizona Cardinals, but Kolb has the injury-prone tag. This injury falls into the “freak” category, and he and the Bills can only hope that this is just a minor accident.
According to Sal Capaccio of WGR 550, Kevin Kolb slipped and fell on a wet, rubber mat while walking onto the field for training camp practice, and he needed his left knee examined by trainers. This should end up being a harmless accident, but knee injuries always raise a red flag, and any injury in a competition gives at least a slight advantage to the other guy.
I hope Kolb is fine, because you hate to see anyone get hurt, especially under these sorts of circumstances. Kolb is in a neck-and-neck race with Manuel, who could separate from the pack if he keeps it up. Again, he’s incredibly raw and still needs to become a more consistent QB, but Manuel has the arm strength and has much better physical tools than Kolb. The main advantages Kolb holds are experience and accuracy, and we’ll see if those can carry the day for the six-year veteran.
Update: Great news, as Kevin Kolb’s somewhat embarrassing slip hasn’t yielded a serious injury, but head coach Doug Marrone has classified Kolb as day-to-day with a “tweaked” left knee. That gives E.J. Manuel some more reps, and I wonder if Jimbo Fisher hexed that mat. This news comes to us from Matt Gaughan of the Buffalo News via Twitter.