Report: Bills rookie QB E.J. Manuel had meniscus surgery
Over two weeks earlier, the Bills’ first-round pick Manuel underwent what coach Doug Marrone described as a “procedure” on his left knee. Manuel was forced to sit out the Bills’ final two preseason games after undergoing the procedure, and could be out for even longer. Although initially all we knew about Manuel’s surgery was that it classified as a minor procedure, Adam Caplan offered an injury update that sheds light on the root cause of this whole situation:
“E.J. Manuel's "minor" left knee surgery was to remove some floating or loose meniscus,” Caplan quoted a source.
Pass rusher Mark Anderson, who was released by the Bills this July, also dealt with a meniscus injury last season. Anderson had a torn lateral meniscus that required arthroscopic surgery. Anderson may have missed around a month of action, but he did not recover from the first procedure as planned and required a second arthroscopic surgery.
"This particular injury, you've just got to wait until they heal," Anderson said back in December.
Anderson briefly returned to the Bills’ lineup that month, but was later placed on season-ending injured reserve. He had a 12 combined tackles and 1 sack through five games with the Bills in 2012.
However, Manuel’s injury does not appear to be as severe as Anderson’s, and this is still his first procedure – which per Caplan went according to plan as doctors removed a piece of the structure. Moreover, Manuel still hasn’t been ruled out for the season opener game, when the Bills host the New England Patriots on Sep. 8. But the Bills added that Manuel will need at least three days of practice under his belt (that is until Wednesday) before declaring himself ready to take a shot at starting Week 1.
Even if Manuel is unable to return by Week 1, it’s extremely unlikely that he will miss more than games, which should make him ready to go by Week 2. Either way, it seems like we’ll be seeing Manuel back on the field shortly, which should diminish any chances of undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel remaining the Bills’ starting quarterback for an extended period of time.