Bills down to rookie QB af­ter Kolb takes hit

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LANDOVER, Md. — Kevin Kolb left the game with con­cus­sion- like symp­toms, leav­ing the Buf­falo Bills with an un­drafted rookie as their only healthy quar­ter­back.

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 Red- skins, 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 eight- yard scram­ble. He re­mained in the game for four more plays un­til the drive ended with a two- 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 cen­tre.

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 con­cus­sions.

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.

— The As­so­ci­ated Press

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