Buffalo Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel will need ‘to wear a brace from here on out’


Manuel believes he’ll still be “able to take off and run.”

Buffalo Bills signal-caller E.J. Manuel plans to wear a knee brace in 2014.

Manuel underwent the knife for a minor knee operation last summer and later suffered a sprained right LCL on October 3.

“I’ll probably have to wear a brace from here on out,” said Manuel, 23, who was selected out of Florida State with the 16th pick in April’s draft.

“When you have some defenders come down on you, you don’t want to have to risk getting whatever type of knee injury. I’ll have a brace, but it won’t inhibit me still being able to take off and run.”

After unofficially winning Buffalo’s quarterback competition over Kevin Kolb, Manuel threw 11 touchdowns, against nine interceptions, for 1,972 yards in 10 games.

The 6-foot-5, 237-pound Manuel managed to add 186 yards and two scores on the ground.

Overall, Manuel looked decent operating Nathaniel Hackett’s “K-Gun” offense and he should mature into a solid Bill.

Inking a five-year contract valued at roughly $9 million in June, Manuel’s a standout athlete brimming with testicular fortitude, smarts and dedication.

Buffalo finished in the basement of the AFC East and fielded the league’s 22nd ranked attack.

So, obviously, Bills general manager Doug Whaley needs to surround the former Seminole with some weapons.

It’s always concerning to hear that a youngster will need “to wear a brace from here on out.”

Still, provided Whaley does his job, expect E.J. Manuel to adapt and ultimately become the Bills’ best passer since Jim Kelly.

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