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Knee injury to sideline Manuel 'a few weeks'

Bills QB EJ Manuel stays down with what later is diagnosed as a sprained knee ligament.

Associated Press

Bills QB EJ Manuel stays down with what later is diagnosed as a sprained knee ligament.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Buffalo rookie quarterback EJ Manuel will miss "a few weeks" with a sprained lateral collateral ligament in his right knee. He doesn't require surgery, the team said.

Coach Doug Marrone said a timetable for his return won't be known until the swelling subsides, which likely will take a week.

Manuel, the 16th overall pick out of Florida State, was hurt during the third quarter Thursday against the Browns. Scrambling, he tried to gain extra yards by not going out of bounds but took a helmet to the knee from safety Tashaun Gipson.

Jeff Tuel, an undrafted rookie, replaced Manuel and was 8-of-20 for 80 yards and an interception returned for the clinching touchdown. Marrone said the Bills will look into acquiring a quarterback and did not rule out that player starting Oct. 13 at Cincinnati.

More Bills: Receiver Stevie Johnson, who left during the first half with a strained back, is not expected to miss any games. Also, ex-FSU punter Shawn Powell was released. He shanked two punts Sunday, and he struggled Thursday to punt away from the Browns' Travis Benjamin, who returned seven for 179 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown.

Browns QB has torn ACL

CLEVELAND — Brian Hoyer, who led the Browns to two straight wins, is out for the season with a torn right ACL. During a scramble Thursday, Hoyer's cleat got caught under him. Then Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso hit him as he slid.

Brandon Weeden returns to the starting role. He started the first two games before spraining his right thumb. Veteran Jason Campbell also is on the roster.

Chargers: Starting left tackle King Dunlap won't play Sunday due to a concussion.

Chiefs: Right tackle Eric Fisher, the top overall pick in April, won't play Sunday because of a concussion.

Colts: Running back Ahmad Bradshaw will sit out Sunday and take a couple of weeks to decide whether to have season-ending neck surgery. He took a hit against the 49ers in Week 3.

Cowboys: Receiver Miles Austin again sat out practice with a hamstring injury and likely will miss his second straight game.

Giants: Linebacker Jon Beason was acquired from the Panthers for what was called only a late-round pick in 2014. Beason, 28, started all 64 games over his first four seasons, 2007-10, while being an All-Pro in 2008. But he missed all but one game in 2011 with a torn Achilles and all but four last season with shoulder and knee injuries. This season, he lost his starting job. Also, starting guard Chris Snee went on season-ending injured reserve with a hip injury.

Jets: Receiver Stephen Hill, who sustained a concussion last week against the Titans, practiced on a limited basis. His status for Monday hasn't been determined.

Patriots: Running back Stevan Ridley will sit out Sunday because of a knee injury.

Raiders: Running back Darren McFadden missed his third straight practice because of a sore hamstring and likely won't play Sunday.

Seahawks: All-Pro center Max Unger (triceps) and starting tight end Zach Miller (hamstring) will be game-time decisions Sunday.

Knee injury to sideline Manuel 'a few weeks' 10/04/13 [Last modified: Friday, October 4, 2013 10:45pm]
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