Buffalo Bills quarterback Kevin Kolb was taken to the locker room after suffering a freak injury during training camp. The newly acquired passer slipped on a wet mat while switching sides of the field with his teammates during practice Saturday.
Although Kolb did not fall as a result of slipping on the wet mat, the freak incident did result in a left knee injury. Kolb was struggling to stand after the slip and was observed leaning on Bills’ trainer Budd Carpenter. He then took off his helmet and threw it to the ground in frustration before being taken to the locker room.
The former Philadelphia Eagle and Arizona Cardinal was brought in during the off-season to compete for the starting job against rookie first round draft pick EJ Manuel. Once considered one of the top prospects at the position, his time in Arizona was less than stellar and resulted in his dismissal from the team. He hopes to once again prove that he is a starting caliber quarterback in the NFL.
Although there is no official word on the extent of the injury, Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone has offered an indication that Kevin Kolb will not miss significant time as a result. The first year coach said that Kolb was “day to day” and that he had basically just bumped his knee.
Early indications around Bills training camp is that EJ Manuel has an early lead in the starting quarterback race. Even if Kevin Kolb is able to return to the field after just missing a portion of Saturday’s practice, he has likely lost a bit more ground as a result of slipping on the wet mat.
Should Kolb have to miss more time, than obviously the Bills quarterback battle could turn quite one-sided in favor of the rookie out of Florida State.
A freak injury after slipping on a wet mat was probably not the way Kevin Kolb envisioned making headlines with the Bills. For his sake hopefully Marrone was right in hinting that it was not serious, and he can take the field again shortly.
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