(WGR 550) -- The Buffalo Bills had high hopes for their rookie quarterback EJ Manuel in 2013. Three knee injuries later, they only got a little over half of the season to evaluate their young signal caller.
Appearing in New Jersey at the site of media availability during Super Bowl week, Manuel fielded some questions from reporters. According to Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News, the Bills quarterback confirmed that he had minor surgery to repair a left knee sprain suffered in Week 15 against Jacksonville.
The injury kept Manuel from starting each of the team's final two contests and brought his 'missed starts' total up to six for the season. This is the second procedure Manuel has had done on his left knee in the past six months, after an August procedure to repair a torn meniscus.
In fact the ailment that kept him out the most games in 2013, the LCL sprain to his right knee, is the only time one of Manuel's knee injuries did not result in surgery. The rookie missed four games after suffering it against Cleveland in Week Five.
Manuel is currently rehabbing, according to Skurski, and plans to wear a knee brace moving forward. With the surgery occurring in January, Manuel should have enough time to be ready for the start of off-season workouts.
A star is born ........ he made the all rookie rehab ward!!
We are cursed!
We are Cursed!
If this doesn't scream "draft another QB!" then I don't know what does
Not only was EJ's rookie year performance bad, but he has bad knees. He doesn't even run and he gets injured multiple times.
We all wanted an upgrade and an heir apparent for the grossly miss used title of Franchise QB. We haven't had one since Jim Kelly and our playoff drought screams it loud and clear. EJ has some good qualities with the best being poise.These injuriescould end up trapping the Bills in waiting 2-3 years to go out and get another QB (drafted)and our drought will just continue.
EJ needs to lose some weight
He's not quick, and his knees can't handle all that weight. Lose some weight over the off-season, and hopefully that will help him with his quickness and his bad knees.
You Should be Concerned
This is supposed to be our franchise quarterback. I like him but this isn't very reassuring. Hopefully this has just been a fluke year and the kid comes back healthy and stays healthy.
Not even a complete season
Unbelievable! The kid couldn't even complete a whole season with getting injuried, not once, not twice but three times! The Bills need waive Kolb and either draft a QB in one of the first two rounds or trade for Schaub (3rd for him?). Mike Vick is out there as well but he too is injury prone.
A question I have is, how does someone with a history of knee injuries strengthen them by PT/exercises? Is it possible?
I think the Bills would be wise to draft a qb, or try to find one in free agency...
Is not the answer.
Very great news.
Im glad that he got that done. So he can get that knee even stronger for this season. Because the way some of these teams play know. they still are going to go for the knees. And to finally hush the whiners mouth for once and for all. And if their any other players with those injuries,its time to get that part of your body back to together. So you can come out fit to play; instead of playing hurt through the season. We are really looking for a great season from the bills. Because its really way over due for your self,your team,and your fans.
If he gets injured
One more time, it's time to start moving in another direction. You can't wait forever for him to get healthy. Make him a backup and find someone to take over.
GET A QB IN THE DRAFT
I wish he wasn't going to be ready for next season. He is horrible and should be released! Mark my words he will be a coach killer.
....let the complaining begin!!!
Bills need to draft QB in First Round
Competition is good.
Injury prone first year raises red flag.
The Bills reached last year taking EJ so early. They gambled. They lost. Move on.
Graham and Goodwin can get open deep. They need someone to get them the ball.
the writing is on the wall
This guy is soft like a twinkie filling. PLEASE KEEP SEARCHING FOR A QB!
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Draft Someone, Just Someone
Get another young guy in there and give EJ a run for his money. Address other important needs via free agency and get a franchise QB please!
If Marrone Was Smart
He would try to get another quarterback for his team. Either a high draft pick or an accomplished veteran in a trade. I am not giving up on E.J. yet, but after 3 knee injuries in one season there is no reason to think he is durable enough to last for 16 games.
Jp Losman is a better QB
EJ Manuel is on the same level as none other than JP Losman
Draft Jonny Football Manziel. Enough said.
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BUFFALO or I don't actually care.
Dont worry be happy. Dont waste a draft pick on a QB?
We have Jeff Tuel and Thad Lewis almost guaranteed another 4-12, 5-11, 6-10 season and 15 years and still counting. Remember people, this is Buffalo and its expected to always be this way. A whole generation of kids no nothing but losing for this team.
I sure hope all goes well for him with his rehab and comes back strong this year.But if OBD has any sense at all,they should look to draft another QB this year.For a guy that's 6'5" & 235#,those 3 knee injuries worry me!!!!
He's Already Got to Wear a Knee Brace
the 2nd year as a pro..... wow if that doesn't send up warning signals - nothing will.
Re: Dont worry be happy!
Its the truth, how bad is that?
Can you say BUST?
Just more icing on the cake. This guy is injury prone and has complete accuracy issues. I can't stand the people that say he's a "baby" that you need to let him "develop". Every FRANCHISE QB that is in the nfl currently did not have to "develop" into a franchise qb. Get rid of this bust and start new.
Be smart for once Bills...
Even if you truly believe Manuel is a good QB, you have to accept the fact that with these knee injuries, and his mediocre play, you might (I would say almost certainly...) need another QB to turn to next year. So don't go into next year with just tuel and lewis on the team - draft a qb and let him learn the system - then when, and if, you need him, he'll be ready to give at least some hope to your fans that they have a chance at a great qb. We've seen lewis and tuel, and you'd have to be an insane optimist to believe there is greatness in either of them. And another kold (ie. veteran 'game-manager') isn't the answer either, because this team needs to find a franchise qb if it ever wants to get back to the playoffs, and that entails taking chances on qbs in the draft. Drafting another qb is not a waste of a draft pick, NOT drafting one is a waste of a draft so long as we don't have a stud qb.
can we at least give this guy a chance to see what he can do next year. he did good sometimes and other times not. isn't that what you get from a rookie quarteerback. if he was healthy the whole year the bills would have bee at least .500. no i am not sayind .500 is good but it would have been an improvement.isn't that what we are looking for?
re: stop complaining?
E.J. being healthy the whole year, gives us a .500 record? Yeah, so what? All that does for us, is another year wasted. Like year 15, year 16, year 17 and etc. CMON MAN, this kind of thinking is getting old?