Redskins 30, Bills 7
Kevin Kolb left the game with concussion-like symptoms, leaving
the Buffalo Bills with an undrafted rookie as their only healthy
Even a rookie NFL head coach can figure out what to do next.
”I think we’ll be looking at bringing some quarterbacks in,”
coach Doug Marrone said.
That’s right. There’s a team even more quarterback-depleted this
preseason than the Washington Redskins, who are making do without
Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins.
Third-stringer Rex Grossman threw for 171 yards as the Redskins
beat the Bills 30-7 Saturday, but nearly all of the focus was on
the players who either left early or didn’t play at all.
Kolb was hurt in the first quarter after he was kneed in the
back of the helmet at the end of an 8-yard scramble. He remained in
the game for four more plays until the drive ended with a 2-yard
touchdown run by C.J. Spiller.
With first-round pick EJ Manuel nursing a knee injury, Kolb’s
departure left Jeff Tuel from Washington State as the last Bills QB
standing. He completed 10 of 17 passes for 63 yards. If Tuel had
gone down, Marrone said he would have put either receiver Brad
Smith or running back Fred Jackson under center.
Kolb regained the inside track in Buffalo’s quarterback
competition after Manuel hurt his left knee in the Bills’ previous
game. Manuel was ruled out for the rest of the preseason, and
Kolb’s status will be in question given his history with
Kolb lost the Eagles’ starting job in 2010 when he was sidelined
by a concussion in the season opener. He spent the past two seasons
in Arizona, where he failed to secure the starting job because of
an assortment of injuries, including a concussion in 2011.
Marrone didn’t have an update on Kolb’s injury.
”I’m just waiting to hear from the doctors,” the coach
Still, with the regular season opener coming up Sept. 8, the
coach is looking beyond Plan B. Or C. Or D.
”It is a concern,” Marrone said. ”I’m not going to sit here
and say everything’s fine and dandy.”
While the Redskins won’t utter ”fine and dandy” until Griffin
is back, they certainly have a better backup-to-the-backup plan
than the Bills. Grossman, entering his 10th season and a one-time
Super Bowl starter with the Chicago Bears, completed 11 of 21
passes, including a 7-yard touchdown to Pierre Garcon.
”It was fun to start the game and go with the ones and be in
that huddle again,” Grossman said. ”Just even preparing and going
to bed last night knowing I’m starting. Going through that whole
routine again was fun.”
There was one major setback for the Redskins: Punt returner
Richard Crawford hurt his left knee and is out for the season.
Washington, unlike Buffalo, is carrying four quarterbacks in the
preseason, so Grossman didn’t have to play the entire game. Pat
White took his turns under center and went 7 for 14 for 96 yards
and scored on a 14-yard run.
Griffin isn’t playing in the preseason as he works his way back
from major knee surgery. On Saturday, the 2012 Offensive Rookie of
the Year dressed to impress the NFL, showing up in his full uniform
more than two hours before kickoff, thus avoiding the type of dress
code violation that got him fined a few days earlier.
Griffin wore a T-shirt with the words ”Operation Patience”
before the Redskins’ game Monday night against the Pittsburgh
Steelers. The league declared it ”unauthorized apparel” and fined
Griffin’s backup, Cousins, missed the game after spraining his
right foot against the Steelers.
Also on the sideline was Jairus Byrd, wearing a white Bills
T-shirt, white baseball cap and blue shorts, having rejoined the
team Thursday night after a contentious offseason. The two-time Pro
Bowl safety was hoping for a big payday this year, but Buffalo
designated him as a franchise player, and the two sides couldn’t
work out a deal.
Byrd missed all of the offseason practices and training camp
before finally signing a one-year, $6.9 million franchise tender.
Byrd was not made available to reporters after the game.
Spiller started despite a report that a relative was involved in
a shooting rampage Saturday morning in North Florida. Three people
were killed and two injured before the gunman shot himself;
Gainesville TV station WCJB identified the gunman as Spiller’s
After the game, a Bills representative stood at Spiller’s locker
and said the running back would have no comment.
”I have no idea of what is true and what is going on,” Marrone
said. ”As far as I know, he knew something was happening
personally, but we didn’t have any information prior to the
NOTES: The Bills also had two defensive backs injured in the
first half. Da’Norris Searcy, who started in place of Byrd,
suffered a head injury. Starting cornerback Stephon Gilmore left
with a wrist injury. Marrone had no update on either player.
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