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

him $10,000.

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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