E.J. Manuel's Rookie Season Put On Hold With Sprained LCL, But It Could Be Worse

By Andrew Fisher
EJ Manuel
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The photo above represents the exact opposite of what Buffalo Bills‘ fans were hoping to see this season. Rookie E.J. Manuel went down in the team’s loss on Thursday night with a sprained knee and now we have some insight as to how serious the injury really is. Initial reports coming out of Bills’ camp state that Manuel has a sprained LCL in his right knee and that he will be out for a few weeks.

While this is incredibly disheartening news for Manuel, the Bills and their fans, it’s at least positive in some regards. It was feared by some that he had torn something in his knee, which would have likely ended his season. This diagnosis is not ideal by any means, but it’s not so bad when you consider the news Brian Hoyer just received.

Related: Hoyer Done For Season With Torn ACL

The Bills will now likely turn to fellow rookie Jeff Tuel for the next few weeks. However, the injury to Manuel makes you wonder if Buffalo will look to the open market to add depth to the QB position. As crazy as it would have sounded four weeks ago, Josh Freeman‘s name will be brought up. But just because he could technically be signed, it doesn’t mean the Bills should pursue him. Bringing in a guy to rival Manuel is not a direction the franchise should go in.

I believe they should turn the team fully over to Tuel and see what the undrafted rookie can do. If they end up with a QB controversy on their hands in a few weeks once Manuel is healthy, that will mean Tuel has done well with his big chance.


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