The decision by the Buffalo Bills to hold EJ Manuel out of the season finale at New England has fans buzzing and not in a positive way. For those who have watched Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller play injured most of the season or even going back twenty years to the days of Jim Kelly, many expect their stars to play hurt.

The decision to sit Manuel was not his. Coach Doug Marrone and his staff are protecting the rookie from further injury, especially considering the game counts for little in the grand scope of things. Yet, it creates a sense that EJ Manuel is either injury prone or a bit fragile and neither puts him in a positive light.

Players in the locker room are aware that EJ did not ask to sit out the Patriots game. They still have to wonder why what was called a “minor” knee sprain last week by Marrone has kept the QB out for the final two games?

The Buffalo Bills brain trust are now faced with a tough decision come draft day, is EJ Manuel capable of surviving a full season in the NFL? Three knee injuries in one season on two different knees is worrisome for any NFL quarterback and especially so if he is expected to revive your franchise.

If the Bills win their third divisional game of the season with Thad Lewis at quarterback it does little to answer the question of Manuel’s ability to take the team to respectability. The off season will be one of questions, again.





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