ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — After a bad start, EJ Manuel had a solid performance in the Bills 27-20 win over Jacksonville on Sunday.
And as it turns out, he was battling through a sprained left knee.
Head coach Doug Marrone told the media about the injury on Monday. He said he didn't think it was serious and expected Manuel to be okay.
"I didn’t really realize it until this morning. I was told he came in for treatment. Normally, you have to watch both ways, but a lot of times when it’s just, ‘Hey I’m getting this, but I don’t know when it happened, that type of thing where I just want to get treatment on it,’ and then all of the sudden everybody gets nervous. I don’t feel that way, I really don’t.
Manuel struggled in the early stages of the game, which included an interception by Jacksonville's Geno Hayes. However, the rookie quarterback rebounded to complete 17 of 24 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns, along with a rushing score.
"He got off to a very poor start," Marrone said. "The one thing about the kid, what you’ve seen over the course of him playing in 10 games now, he can fight his way through that and learn."
Safety Aaron Williams left the game Sunday with a rib injury. Marrone said Williams will likely sit out practice on Wednesday. Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus left after hurting his ankle. Marrone indicated he could be limited in practice.
It was "Victory Monday" for the Bills, meaning Marrone gave the players a rare Monday off following a game. They'll return to practice Wednesday in preparation for next Sunday's home finale against the Dolphins.