Allen Kim

Bills' Kevin Kolb Suffers Career-Threatening Concussion, Sign Matt Leinart

Created on Aug. 26, 2013 8:40 AM EST

Buffalo Bills QB Kevin Kolb suffered a concussion in Saturday’s preseason game against the Washington Redskins.

Tim Graham of the Buffalo News reported that the team is concerned that Kolb’s career is in jeopardy. He has suffered multiple concussions throughout his career, and he’s been slow to recover from each of them. The latest concussion he suffered late in the 2011 season was followed by a two-month recovery period.

In response to Kolb’s injury, the Bills went ahead and signed Matt Leinart to add some depth at the position. While he won’t change much with the Bills’ plans to get their rookie E.J. Manuel under center, he’s certainly a better option to back up Manuel than undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel.

“Really excited and thankful for the @buffalobills for giving me this opportunity. Been working hard for 8 straight months. Time to go!!”


Buffalo, clearly not satisfied with just having Leinart and Tuel to back up Manuel, also traded for Thaddeus Lewis from the Detroit Lions for LB Chris White. This is a fair trade for both sides as it fills a need for each team.

The good news is that Manuel is slated to start Week 1, so either player may never even see the field.

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