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EJ to decide on knee brace in warm-ups

Posted by Chris Brown on September 7, 2013 – 5:35 pm

During the practice week EJ Manuel wore a light weight brace on his surgically repaired knee. Whether he wears it against the Patriots in the season opener is a decision he’ll make Sunday during warm-ups.

“I haven’t had any hesitations, it feels fine. It feels strong,” said Manuel of his knee earlier this week. “I can do all my normal movements that I would do if I didn’t have the brace on. Just have the brace on for extra comfort. I’ll see. It depends how it feels.”

Manuel said he’s never worn a knee brace in a game before.

“I’ve had to wear like a neoprene sleeve before. It feels fine though. I didn’t feel any different when I was running. When you play football your body takes over and you don’t worry about an injury. Doesn’t really matter what you have, so when you’ve got guys flying at you like (Vince) Wilfork and those kinds of guys, you need to get out of there. I won’t be thinking about it at all.”

What Manuel did make clear was that the choice about wearing the knee brace will be his decision.

“If I don’t want to wear it, I just don’t want to wear it,” he said. “It’s kind of my choice. We’ll see.”

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