Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel has a sprained LCL and will be out "a few weeks," according to head coach Doug Marrone.
Manuel is expected back this season, but Marrone told reporters the Bills are in the market for a quarterback, as backup Jeff Tuel is the only other quarterback on the 53-man roster. Thad Lewis is on the practice squad, and Kevin Kolb is on injured reserve.
The #Bills say EJ Manuel has an LCL sprain. No surgery needed. Should be back in a few weeks. Team in the QB market now.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 4, 2013
Manuel was able to walk off the field under his own power after being struck in the knee by Browns safety Tashaun Gipson in a 37-24 loss in Cleveland on Thursday. Manuel was attempting to gain extra yards along the sideline in the third quarter.
Gipson said the hit wasn't dirty, and that he didn't try to hurt Manuel, but admitted that he showed no mercy in taking a shot at the rookie's knee.
From the Willoughby News-Herald:
“I showed no mercy,” Gipson said. “I’m not a dirty player. I didn’t try to hurt him intentionally, but it’s a physical sport. Our quarterback took a shot. Their quarterback took a shot. That’s the way it is.”
“He’s running around on the sidelines," Gipson said. "He could have gotten out of bounds. He didn’t. So it’s my job to bring the ball carrier down.”
Manuel had five touchdowns and three interceptions in his first five games, while Tuel was 8-for-20 for 80 yards and an interception in his NFL debut on Thursday.BURKE: Available quarterbacks the Bills may look at