Bills add Matt Leinart to injured QB group
The Bills top quarterbacks Kevin Kolb and E.J. Manuel have suffered injuries this season. Before Leinart’s addition, undrafted rookie free agent Jeff Tuel remained the only available quarterback on the Bills’ roster.
Kolb was injured in the first quarter of the Bills’ 30-7 loss to the Washington Redskins, as he was kneed in the helmet following an 8-yard scramble and was forced out of the game with concussion-like symptoms. Bills coach Doug Marrone said that team will further evaluate Kolb’s head injury to determine how much time he will miss this season, which remains uncertain at this point. The injury-prone quarterback Kolb has dealt with concussions issues in the past, after suffering two head injuries during his first six seasons in the league.
The 29-year-old Kevin Kolb also missed over a week of early training camp due to a knee injury. Kolb suffered an injury to his left knee on Aug 3 after he tripped on a wet rubber mat between practice field.
Meanwhile Manuel is out with a left knee injury, though coach Marrone remained optimistic that the rookie will be able to return in time for the Bills’ season opener on Sep. 8 against the New England Patriots. Manuel is currently recovering from what the team referred to only as a ''minor procedure'' after his initial knee injury.
After releasing Tarvaris Jackson earlier this offseason, the Bills expected Kolb and Manuel to battle for the starting quarterback job in training camp, but injuries have gotten in the way.
With the Bills reportedly considering moving Brad Smith temporarily to the quarterback or trying Fred Jackson at the position, Leinart sees like a far better option. However, whether he lasts in Buffalo beyond the preseason or when Manuel and Kolb eventually return from their injuries returns to be seen. Whether he lasts beyond that will likely have to do with how well Manuel and Kolb progress in their recoveries.
Originally a first-round pick out of Southern California by the Arizona Cardinals in 2006, Leinart spent the first four seasons of his career playing for the Cardinals. Leinart also made stops in Houston and Oakland the following years, though Leinart he last only two games with the Raiders. He had a lackluster performance while replacing Carson Palmer in Week 15 and the Raiders opted to go with Tyrelle Pryor in favor of him for the final game of the 2012 season.