Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) -- Following their fifth win of the season and the first road victory for their young quarterback, the Buffalo Bills were greeted with some all too familiar news on Monday. First-round pick and rookie quarterback EJ Manuel has a knee injury… again.
Manuel suffered a knee sprain against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but head coach Doug Marrone does not believe it will force their franchise signal caller to miss any time.
"Rather than wait to announce this later on, EJ just sprained his knee. Went through the whole game, and he should be okay," the coach said. "I don't feel like it's gonna be anything. We have time, he's already watching the Miami tape now to get himself ready. But I'd rather just come out and say it."
His first injury occurred during the preseason, when Manuel needed a minor procedure to correct a left knee ailment following the Bills' second exhibition game against the Minnesota Vikings. He didn't miss any regular season games, but did miss the final two weeks of the preseason.
Then in Week Five of the 2013 regular season, Manuel incurred a sprained LCL on his right knee which required him to miss four games.
This time around the injury is to the left knee, the same one that bothered him in the preseason. Even though the injury came out of nowhere, Marrone seemed at ease with his starting quarterback's chances for Sunday.
"I didn't really realize it until this morning. I was told. He came in for treatment," he said. "A lot of times when it's like 'Hey, I'm just getting this. I don't know when it happened. I just want to get treatment on it.' Then all of a sudden everyone gets nervous, but I don't feel that way. I really don't. I would tell you guys."
The Bills will have some players either missing Wednesday's practice or seeing their reps limited. Safety Aaron Williams may carry the most doubt of the group after suffering an injury to his ribs in Jacksonville.
Marrone said they will likely sit him out of Wednesday's session and re-evaluate him on Thursday. The coach did not indicate what the safety's chances for Sunday might be, however.
Defensive lineman Marcell Dareus injured his ankle and had to sit for the remainder of the game but looks to be okay for Sunday. Marrone said they'll likely limit his reps on Wednesday.
Linebacker Kiko Alonso (knee), right guard Kraig Urbik (foot) and wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (ankle) all checked out medically after the game, and the coach believes the trio should be ready to play against Miami.
The Bills have Tuesday off and then get back to work on Wednesday in preparation for their final home game of the season. They'll practice both that day and on Thursday out in Ralph Wilson Stadium to get used to the elements before their tilt with the Dolphins.