Kevin Kolb began his NFL career for the Philadelphia Eagles, facing a swarming Green Bay Packers. Before the game was over, Kolb had suffered a concussion and that began the entire change of NFL policiy regarding head injuries.
Kevin Kolb’s last concussion, suffered by the Buffalo quarterback Saturday in a loss to the Redskins, could put his football future in jeopardy. Tim Graham of the Buffalo News reports that the “Bills [are] concerned Kolb’s concussion may be career-ending and they’re proceeding with that in mind.”
With Kolb leaving this week’s game and rookie — and presumptive starter — E.J. Manuel out for the remainder of the preseason with a knee injury, the shorthanded Bills signed QB journeyman Matt Leinart on Sunday. Leinart, Jeff Tuel and Thaddeus Lewis will serve as Buffalo’s quarterbacks in its preseason finale against Detroit.
Kolb, 29, has had issues with concussions since entering the league. A similar injury sidelined him in both 2010, when he was with Philadelphia, and in 2011, when he was the starter in Arizona. The Bills could place Kolb on injured reserve with the designation to return — each team gets to bring one player back from I.R. during the season, per a rule implemented last year.
Though such fears have not been confirmed by the Bills, Graham suggests that the team is proceeding with that possibility in mind. With EJ Manuel recovering from a knee procedure, Jeff Tuel — as well as newly-acquired Matt Leinart and Thaddeus Lewis — are the team’s current healthy options at quarterback.
In addition to signing Leinart, the Bills have traded linebacker Chris White to the Detroit Lions for QB Thaddeus Lewis. The Lions claimed Lewis off waivers in May to compete with Kellen Moore for the team’s third quarterback job. In three preseason appearances, Lewis completed 6-8 passes for 60 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. White, a 2010 sixth-round pick, appeared in 22 games for Buffalo the past two seasons, primarily playing special teams.
Expect this issue to continue into the regular season. Down both starters, the Buffalo Bills will be desperate for a starting calibre quarterback until they have concrete information on the return of either EJ Manuel or Kevin Kolb.
Written by: @milroyigglesfan