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NFL notebook: Injury sidelines Buffalo’s Manuel

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Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel will miss the rest of the preseason after hurting his left knee in Friday night’s preseason game.

In a statement released by the team Saturday, coach Doug Marrone said the first-round draft pick would have a “minor knee procedure.”

It’s unclear when or how Manuel was hurt in the 20-16 win over Minnesota. He took over to start the second half and opened with a 14-play, 80-yard drive capped by a 4-yard touchdown pass to Brad Smith. He finished 10-of-12 for 92 yards in three series.

“EJ Manuel had some swelling in his left knee this morning and was examined by our medical staff,” Marrone said. “An MRI revealed that he will need to have a minor knee procedure and that has been scheduled. He will miss the remainder of the preseason and then be re-evaluated at that time.”

Through two games this preseason, Manuel completed 26-of-33 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns, and ran four times for 29 yards.

Manuel was the first quarterback selected in the draft when the Bills chose him 16th overall out of Florida State.

Kolb will now start against Washington on next Saturday. Kolb was 13-of-21 for 111 yards and an interception on Sunday. Washington State rookie Jeff Tuel is the third-string quarterback.

Marrone also says backup receiver Kevin Elliott will miss the season after tearing a ligament in his left knee.

Raiders DB can play

Oakland Raiders first-round cornerback D.J. Hayden was cleared for contact for the first time since a near-fatal heart injury almost ended his career last November. Starting cornerback Tracy Porter injured his groin Friday night and will likely be sidelined this week and the rest of the defense failed to stop Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints’ first-team offense even once.

Chargers receiver hurt

San Diego Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal was taken off the field in an ambulance after landing on his back while making a catch in practice. After landing awkwardly, Royal walked to an adjoining field, where he received treatment from the team’s medical staff. It appeared he was given oxygen.

Coach Mike McCoy says Royal was suffering from shortness of breath and was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

An ambulance was driven onto the field, and Royal was sitting up on the stretcher as he was loaded inside.

Charles back with Chiefs

Injured running back Jamaal Charles plans to return to Chiefs practice today, though coach Andy Reid wouldn’t say how much he’ll participate or whether Charles will play in next weekend’s preseason game at Pittsburgh. Charles sat out Friday night’s 15-13 loss to the San Francisco after straining his right foot in practice earlier in the week. The Chiefs’ offense failed to score a touchdown in the game. Charles worked out prior to kickoff, but Reid said he didn’t want to risk further injury by allowing him to play in the game.

Lions make moves

The Detroit Lions signed outside linebacker Rocky McIntosh and cornerback Rashean Mathis. They were among four new defensive players participating in practice for the first time Saturday, joined by defensive tackles Justin Bannan and John Drew. Mathis, a 2006 Pro Bowl selection, played all 10 of his NFL seasons in Jacksonville.


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