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Kolb going through medical process

Posted by Chris Brown on February 20, 2014 – 4:08 pm

Bills head coach Doug Marrone met with the WNY media on Thursday at the NFL Combine and provided an update on QB Kevin Kolb.

“What I was told is there is a process and the medical process, he’s still going through it and we’re waiting for him to come back for another medical check, which is coming up,” said Marrone.

Buffalo’s head coach said he believes Kolb will be back for that medical check prior to the end of the league year March 11th.

“I believe so,” said Marrone. “I believe it’s the first week of March.”

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Kevin Kolb update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 11, 2013 – 5:51 pm

Bills fans have been asking so we passed along your question about how Kevin Kolb is faring after his preseason concussion against Washington. Here’s coach Marrone’s update on Kolb, who is currently on injured reserve.

“Kevin was injured to a point where we had to make a decision to put him on I-R,” Marrone told “Once you put a player on I-R for the season without the ability to return, he’s on I-R the whole year. He’s working to get back more mentally on how he’s doing. Then physically he’ll start working.

“Right now he’s not around us as much. He’s just working on getting better. We’ve talked to him and I’ve talked to him personally and said when everything starts to come together we want to get him here to help with some of the young quarterbacks we have here.”

By the sound of it Kolb is still working to fully recover from this most recent concussion, which was initially sustained six weeks ago.

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Fred knew Kolb was hurt right away

Posted by Chris Brown on August 26, 2013 – 6:24 pm

Bills QB Kevin Kolb wasn’t officially diagnosed with a concussion until a day after the team’s loss at Washington. Veteran RB Fred Jackson, however, knew something was wrong right after Kolb took a knee to the back of his head.

“You could see it when he got up,” said Jackson. “Something just wasn’t right and he tried to push through it. You want to be there for him as a teammate and tell him it didn’t look right. He said he was fine, but then it showed up and it was worse than he thought it was.”

Athletic trainers pulled him from the game as soon as he displayed concussion-like symptoms.

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Bills finally go deep

Posted by Chris Brown on August 25, 2013 – 9:06 am

They had been talking about it the entire preseason, but it had yet to happen. Going deep in the passing game with speed wideouts like T.J. Graham and Marquise Goodwin. On Saturday the Bills finally opened things up and they did early.

On the first play from scrimmage in the game Kevin Kolb launched a pass deep down the left sideline for T.J. Graham and though they didn’t connect on the play, Graham drew a 34-yard penalty on the play.

In fact Graham did not record a single catch after being targeted on three deep balls. On the second he was called for offensive pass interference. On the third he again drew a pass interference penalty for 42 yards.

What’s most important is the Bills put on tape that they’re willing to take those shots and that the speed of Graham and Goodwin needs to be respected.

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Team reacts to loss of Kolb

Posted by Chris Brown on August 24, 2013 – 11:08 pm

Bills DT Kyle Williams couldn’t explain why the team came out flat as he described it. And while they’ll work to address that the players know the personnel department has to remedy the situation at quarterback where at the end of Saturday’s game there was just one healthy player in Jeff Tuel.

“That’s kind of scary to look at with only one guy back there,” said Williams. “Hopefully, it’s not too serious with him. Hopefully,  EJ can continue to get better.  Jeff’s done a good job when he’s played, but you don’t want one, going into any game, much less a preseason game.”

Buffalo is already working on bringing veteran free agents in for workouts with reports of Matt Leinard and John Beck coming in.

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Marrone says adding QB necessary

Posted by Chris Brown on August 24, 2013 – 8:19 pm

The Bills lost their second quarterback in as many preseason games as Kevin Kolb suffered concussion-like symptoms. According to head coach Doug Marone will now have to seek another quarterback and sign a free-agent signal caller.

Marrone said they would have to sign another quarterback with Brad Smith also expected to help take snaps to get through the practice week before the preseason finale on Thursday night.

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Kolb: Offense coming together

Posted by Chris Brown on August 22, 2013 – 9:13 am

Even though injuries at quarterback compromised the fluidity of both the quarterback competition and the installation and refinement of the offense, Bills QB Kevin Kolb feels that their unit has done a remarkable job of tightening things up in the past week.

“I think everyone is shocked with how well we’ve jelled so quickly and it’s a tribute to our coaches and again the players and the veterans that were here before and the hard work we’ve put in,” said Kolb. “Hopefully we just keep growing and stay hungry. A day like (Wednesday) with us leaving camp, for us to have the kind of work day and that kind of execution said a lot about our team.”

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Woods: EJ upbeat, Kolb capable

Posted by Chris Brown on August 22, 2013 – 8:06 am

Though EJ Manuel is on the shelf for the rest of the preseason it doesn’t have him down. That according to one of his fellow rookies, wide receiver Robert Woods.

“Just a positive mindset. He’s eager to get back,” said Woods of Manuel. “He’s already trying to get back. His mindset is positive, that’s the good thing. He’s shooting for Week One I believe, but we’re confident that (Kevin) Kolb can get the job done and make some string throws.”

Kolb will make the start Saturday at Washington.


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Kolb: Should be in sync with Stevie soon

Posted by Chris Brown on August 19, 2013 – 8:01 am

Bills WR Stevie Johnson is easing his way back into the team portions of practice. He took a handful of team reps in practice Sunday. QB Kevin Kolb believes if he keeps increasing those team reps through the course of the week and his cleared to play at Washington Saturday that the two of them will be in sync for game time.

“Yeah, I think so. He’s a great player and we want him out there,” said Kolb. “This offense is a little bit unique. It’s progression and it’s not all just about timing and stuff like that. It’s got some different intricacies to it. I feel like we have plenty of time to get him back in the motions and get him back to where we want him to be and get comfortable with him.”


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EJ timetable tricky after preseason

Posted by Chris Brown on August 18, 2013 – 3:00 pm

Doug Marrone was hesitant to lay out any timetables for EJ Manuel’s recovery beyond the remainder of the preseason. One could understand why.

Even though Manuel stands a good chance of being day-to-day by the close of the preseason Marrone wasn’t going to go beyond that.

“I think what we’re going to do is let’s not talk about the timetable until we get through this preseason. I understand he’s not going to be here for the preseason, but any time after that my expectation is he’ll be day to day after that.”

Marrone also has to take a wait and see approach on whether the QB competition, which is now on hold, can resume when Manuel is back practicing.

“I don’t know,” he said. “There are a lot of variables that go into that. How Kevin is doing and how he is playing. How EJ comes back from the time off, so there’s a lot of speculation on that. I think I’ll be able to answer that question once we get to the day to day and he’s out here practicing.”

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EJ’s injury shows why vet QB important to have

Posted by Chris Brown on August 17, 2013 – 4:10 pm

With coach Marrone’s statement Saturday that EJ Manuel suffered a knee injury that will require surgery, it served as a painful reminder on how important it is to have a veteran QB on the roster.

Kolb, whether he wins the starting QB job or not, offers the experience that Buffalo’s other two quarterbacks do not possess.

Even though the games don’t count yet, knowing they can turn to Kolb, who has been through adversity in the league before should help keep the team on course for the regular season.

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Marrone: plans at QB for 3rd game premature

Posted by Chris Brown on August 17, 2013 – 1:06 am

Bills head coach Doug Marrone was asked immediately after the team’s 20-16 win over Minnesota if he had a plan in place for the playing time for the quarterbacks in preseason game three at Washington. Marrone said he hasn’t even thought about the Washington game to this point.

Marrone didn’t address the quarterback competition directly, but speaking generally made it clear he has not gone over playing time for anyone yet.

“I haven’t looked at a plan for game three yet, honestly,” said Marrone. “I’ve been doing that throughout the thing with the players because here’s what happens–you get a plan and then you practice through the week and someone gets nicked or injured and the all of the sudden you’ve got to make changes. I wait until we get closer to the game before I
start making plans on what we’re doing.”

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Marrone: Kolb’s 1st game like EJ’s first

Posted by Chris Brown on August 17, 2013 – 12:30 am

Bills head coach Doug Marrone when asked if Kevin Kolb got off to a slow start Friday night against the Vikings likened how Kolb’s evening played out to that of EJ Manuel’s NFL debut last Sunday.

“I think he probably got off to the same start as EJ got in to last game,” said Marrone. “I think the goal for that and I think it’s tough when you come in to those games and you’re first time you come in to it you want to get in that rhythm. If you don’t, once you get in to it you have to find a way to get the quarterback in to it. We did later on and he was able to move us down the field.”

Kolb did finish the night completing 10 of his final 13 passes on the two field goal drives to end the half.

Friday night was Kolb’s first live game action since Week 6 last season when the Bills knocked him out of their game against Arizona, which Buffalo won in overtime on October 14th.

“It was good to get back in the groove, forget the competition; it was good to get back in the groove for myself,” Kolb said. “Again, you guys know when you all knocked me out last year and it’s been a long time to now. It was just nice to get back out there and feel the sweat a little bit. Get padded up and start working. I’m just a little bit unhappy that it took so long.”

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Kolb focused on playing not QB competition

Posted by Chris Brown on August 16, 2013 – 1:03 pm

He’s been through enough quarterback competitions to know that if you speculate on what the coaches are thinking your focus is taken away from how you’re supposed to perform. That’s why Kevin Kolb, who will get the start tonight against Minnesota, is only thinking about his play from now until the time his night is over.

“I just think you can’t focus on that stuff,” said Kolb. “You have to focus on what can I do as a quarterback? How do I get better? And you’ve got to be coachable. That’s a  big thing for Nate and this offense so that’s what I’m out here to prove.”

When asked if it’s his last shot at the Bills starting job Kolb didn’t see it as the final kick at the can.

“Well it’s one of them,” he said. “Obviously it’s a big one. We’ve had a lot of shots. We’ve had a lot of shots starting back with OTAs, and obviously it picks up as we go from here.”

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Kolb to start at QB Friday

Posted by Chris Brown on August 14, 2013 – 8:10 pm

Kevin Kolb will start at quarterback preseason game number two for the bills. More details later in practice notes.

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Marrone: We’re going to get Kevin ready to play

Posted by Chris Brown on August 13, 2013 – 10:48 am

Bills head coach Doug Marrone was pleased with the step taken by Kevin Kolb in practice Tuesday as the veteran signal caller looked sharp in the passing game. And it sounds like he’s ready to give Kolb the green light for Friday’s preseason game.

“I was happy today,” said Marrone. “Obviously I watched him very closely yesterday and again today. And I thought today he looked really good. So it’s to a point now where we’re going to get him ready to play.”

Marrone is expected to announce his quarterback rotation after Wednesday’s night practice.

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Kolb trying to push past frustration

Posted by Chris Brown on August 12, 2013 – 8:30 pm

Bills QB Kevin Kolb was just coming off his best practice of training camp when his freak slip on a rubber mat going from one practice field to another cost him better than a week of camp practice. Now just getting back into the flow of practice Monday, Kolb is trying to put the frustrations of an unforeseen mishap behind him.

“Oh man, I mean it was (frustrating), I’d just come off my best practice probably, feeling really comfortable,” he said. “I just got through telling everybody ‘This is the most comfortable I’ve felt in a while’ and for something goofy like that to happen was very frustrating. Of course with the family situation having to leave the team for a while, obviously not a good time but you fight through those struggles and move on.”

Kolb not only wasn’t practicing, a family funeral back home kept him out of team meetings as well. His knee still isn’t 100 percent and it’s put him behind in practice reps and preseason game time. He’s hopeful that he can go out and play on Friday night against the Vikings, but even he is unsure of whether his knee will be healthy enough to do that.

“I don’t know that really I can do that because a lot of it depends on how I feel tomorrow coming back from a full practice,” Kolb said. “I’d love to tell you right now that I’m playing for sure, but that’s not necessarily correct.”


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Kolb getting team reps

Posted by Chris Brown on August 12, 2013 – 3:04 pm

Bills QB Kevin Kolb is taking part in team reps here at practice Monday.

Kolb was limited in his first return to practice last Friday due to a knee injury.

On Monday he got some team reps in practice rotating in with the first unit on their second series.

EJ Manuel ran with the first team offense on the first series while Jeff Tuel went with the twos.

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Tuel feeling fortunate

Posted by Chris Brown on August 10, 2013 – 10:32 am

Jeff Tuel has been a direct beneficiary of Kevin Kolb’s unfortunate slip on a rubber mat last week. His freak knee injury combined with a family funeral that Kolb had to attend out of town has paved the way for Tuel to showcase his talents with the second unit this entire week.

“I feel really good,” said Tuel. “The receivers have done a phenomenal job. The offensive line has too. Like I said, I want to get better every day. I definitely feel a lot more comfortable from this week. I feel good.”

And Tuel has looked good, particularly on deep passes to his receiving corps. He appears to have a knack for timing his long passes so they drop right over the shoulder of the intended receiver. Tuel attributes all the extra reps he’s gotten in practice for getting the timing down with the wideouts.

With there being a strong likelihood that he could see up to a half of action, Tuel feels very prepared having had all the reps this past week with the second unit in practice.

“It means a ton going from an undrafted free agent to have the opportunity to go out there and get reps with the second squad and get a lot of snaps,” he said. “It’s just a blessing and I thank God for it. I’m looking forward to it.”

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The next step for Kolb

Posted by Chris Brown on August 10, 2013 – 6:59 am

Bills QB Kevin Kolb has not had an easy week. He had a freak knee injury slipping on a rubber mat between practice fields and had a death in the family. He’s also unlikely to play in Sunday’s preseason opener. So what’s the next step for Kolb from here?

Head coach Doug Marrone laid out the plan for Kolb moving forward.

“We’re just trying to get him as much treatment as possible because we’re going to take him,” said Marrone. “I was a little concerned putting him on the plane because he just came off the plane. So we’re just making sure we get as much treatment as possible.”

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