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Posted: Sunday, 25 August 2013 5:12PM

Bills to sign QB Matt Leinart



(WGR 550) -- With injuries to both first-round pick EJ Manuel and veteran Kevin Kolb, the Buffalo Bills found themselves in a bind with only one healthy quarterback on the roster. To bring immediate help in depth, for the second straight year the Bills will bring in a quarterback selected in the top 10 of the 2006 NFL Draft.

According to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports 1, the Bills will sign former first-round pick and USC quarterback Matt Leinart to a contract. Leinart will be brought in immediately to back up undrafted rookie free agent Jeff Tuel in the team's preseason finale on Thursday night, and will likely be an emergency plan heading into the regular season if both Manuel and Kolb aren't healthy.

The newest Bills quarterback confirmed the next phase of his career on Twitter.


Manuel had to have a minor procedure done on his knee following the team's second preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings, while Kolb suffered concussion-like syptoms on the second drive of the preseason tilt against Washington.

Leinart last played with the Oakland Raiders before his contract expired this off-season. He's also spent time with the Houston Texans and the team that drafted him in 2006, the Arizona Cardinals.

The Bills resume practice on Monday morning in Orchard Park.

Twitter: @JoeBuscaglia

All photos courtesy of AP
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