• My Scores
  • NHL
  • NFL
  • NBA
  • Golf
  • NCAA BB
  • NCAA FB

Bills coach hopes QB EJ Manuel ready for regular-season opener

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

Will EJ Manuel be the Bills' starter if he's healthy for the season opener? (USATSI)
If the Bills' season started today, rookie undrafted free agent Jeff Tuel would be the starting quarterback. First-rounder EJ Manuel is sidelined for the rest of the preseason with a minor knee injury, and veteran Kevin Kolb suffered concussion-like symptoms in Saturday's loss to the Redskins.

In the interim, the team will reportedly work out Matt Leinart and Jeff Beck.

Bills coach Doug Marrone conceded that the quarterback situation is an issue -- "I'm not going to sit here and say everything is fine and dandy, it's a concern." -- but however the depth chart shakes out in the coming days, Marrone hopes that Manuel will be ready in two weeks for the season opener against the Patriots.

“That's what I'm hoping for,” Marrone said, according to the team's web site. “[Manuel] had the procedure done and he was with us on the field the other day just watching and observing. I think we just have to wait until that period where the doctor looks at him and says, ‘Here's where we are.' Because people recover so differently from minor stuff.”

Marrone also indicated that wide receiver Brad Smith, a former college quarterback, and running back Fred Jackson are emergency options at quarterback.

In related news: Jets coach Rex Ryan would love to have any options at QB.

CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
NEVER MISS A MOCK DRAFT
Sign up to our newsletter and find out who your team could be picking
 

nfl Video

December 21, 2014
Chiefs at Steelers booth recap (1:41)
December 21, 2014
Browns at Panthers booth recap
(2:38)
December 21, 2014
Patriots at Jets booth recap
(1:41)
December 21, 2014
Luck's on the Colts' side
(3:15)

Latest

Most Popular

CBSSports.com Shop

College Bowl Bound

Free 2-Day Shipping over $100!
Use code 2DAY100
Get their favorite team
Shop Now