Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) -- When Kevin Kolb suffered a concussion Saturday against Washington, there was fear that it could be career-threatening according to various reports. While not confirming those reports, the Buffalo Bills have to make a rather quick decision on how they approach the veteran quarterback's season with cut-down day less than a week away.
Head Coach Doug Marrone confirmed to reporters on Monday that Kolb would miss "some time," and that they were going through the standard concussion protocol. Could that spell a one-way ticket to the Injured Reserve list? The Bills didn't rule it out.
"We’re waiting to see where the protocol goes and then be able to talk to him and I think that’s a day to day thing that we have to make a decision on obviously before the final cut," Marrone said.
Marrone and the rest of the decision-makers have until Saturday at 6 pm to decide on Kolb's outlook for the season, when 53-man rosters are needed league-wide. It's a fluid situation though, due to EJ Manuel's recovery from a minor knee procedure and with needing a backup plan at quarterback for the start of the season.
With the roster crunch as hard as it is right now, it may not be the most logical choice to keep Kolb on the active roster along with Manuel and Tuel. If Manuel couldn't play in Week 1, that would leave the Bills with only one healthy quarterback on game day.
That would open up room for either Matt Leinart or Thad Lewis to stick on the 53-man roster, but would likely negate a spot for the enigma that is Kolb.
Marrone also left the door open on making Kolb the team's Injured Reserve player that is designated for a return.
" I think it's definitely an option in talking to the doctors," he said. "There's this large protocol, which I schooled myself on last night, trying to understand it, that they go through and I think as they go through it, there's no predictability as with a normal injury to see where they're at. So Again, that could potentially become an option for us."
As for the thought that Kolb's injury could end his career the head coach didn't say anything definitive, citing further conversations that needed to take place before that decision was made.
"I’m just saying that that hasn’t been the thought process for him at this time and I think it’s important, and I’ve been involved with it at the collegiate level where players had multiple ones and he has stopped playing," Marrone said. "But that comes I think when, OK, where are we're at, what’s going on, and that’s a lot of personal discussions that go within the player and his family and the agent, whoever it may be. So I’m not saying that that’s not a possibility."
Plenty of decisions will have to be made within the confines of the week, and the fate of Kolb's season could be determined by Saturday, August 31 at 6 pm.