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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 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 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

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 25, 2013 B5

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