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Bills' EJ Manuel Out 4-8 Weeks With Knee Injury

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Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images.
Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images.

Things are looking bleak for the Buffalo Bills after rookie QB EJ Manuel went down to injury in their Week 5 matchup against the Cleveland Browns. Manuel took a helmet to his knee in the third quarter, and he was put in a knee brace after being pulled from the game.

“EJ Manuel has a lateral collateral ligament, an LCL, which is non-surgical,” coach Doug Marrone said. “We think it’ll be a few weeks and we’ll re-evaluate him then. Obviously we expect him back somewhere during the season.

“This one last night was a tough situation because I don’t think he saw the guy coming from the inside until late. You see him trying to get out at that point. He gets the first down and he tries to get as much as he can and then tried to protect himself.”

Per Joe Buscaglia of WGR550, Manuel could be back as early as four weeks, but it’s possible that the timeframe could be as much as 6-8 weeks. With the way Jeff Tuell played in place of Manuel, the Bills are considering bringing in another quarterback to hold down the fort

“We’re looking to bring in another quarterback,” Marrone said. “We’re in the process of that right now going through the names, going through the tape. (Bills GM) Doug (Whaley) is upstairs and I’m going up there to get involved in the process.”

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers just released QB Josh Freeman, and if the Bills are serious about winning, he likely offers them the best chance to do so.