Bills lose injured quarterback EJ Manuel for a few weeks, team not happy Browns celebrated hit

Frank Schwab

The Buffalo Bills aren't very happy.

They're not happy their rookie quarterback EJ Manuel has been lost for a few weeks due to a LCL sprain in his right knee. They're not happy they have to go look for another quarterback, for depth and to avoid giving undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel the start in their next game. Bills coach Doug Marrone said it's "not a stretch" that the Bills could sign someone and start him at quarterback in their Week 6 game at Cincinnati, the Buffalo News said.

And they're really not happy that the Browns celebrated the hit that knocked their quarterback out for a significant portion of time.

Manuel went down in the third quarter on a hit near the sideline by Browns safety Tashaun Gipson. Bills center Eric Wood was peeved at what happened next:

“The hit was fine, what ticked me off was the way they acted afterwards,” Wood told ”I hope our defense never acts like that when they injure an opposing quarterback. You’ve got to show some class in that situation. There’s a few guys over there that obviously didn’t.

“You’ve got (Browns safety) T.J. Ward yelling at Kiko (Alonso), a former college teammate, ‘I told you to warn him that we were going to get him.’ That’s classless,” Wood said. ”Every team has probably got them. I’m not going to say that nobody on our team has ever done that, but it ticks you off when someone on the other team does it for sure.”

The anger over the reaction is secondary to the immediate problem, which is that the Bills don't have a competent and healthy quarterback.

Tuel looked very shaky in relief of Manuel on Thursday night, which is probably why Marrone is hesitant to say he'll start against the Bengals. Buffalo lost veteran Kevin Kolb for the season to a concussion suffered in the preseason. The issue has reached a critical level now that Manuel is out for a while.

Former Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman is available, and you'd assume the Bills have to entertain the possibility of signing him.

"We will be looking to bring in another quarterback," Marrone said, according to the Buffalo News. "We're in the process of that right now, you know, going through the names, going through the tape."

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