At the start of the 2013 preseason, Kolb was in a quarterback battle with rookie E.J. Manuel. Kolb got the start for the all-important third preseason game with Manuel sidelined with knee issues. Kolb’s start lasted as long as a Western New York summer.
Kolb left the game against the Washington Redskins with “concussion-like” symptoms after the second offensive series. Kolb took a knee to the head and did not return. Kolb, 29, has had concussion issues before while QB for the Arizona Cardinals and the Bills recognizing Kolb's overall health might be in jeopardy (3rd known concussion) put Kolb on the injured reserve list officially ending his 2013 campaign before it began.
Kolb was due a $1 million roster bonus this week and the Bills saved an additional $3 million against their salary cap by letting Kolb go.
With all of 2013 on the injured reserve list behind him, Kolb is still not cleared to play. At the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine Bills head coach Doug Marrone had this to say about Kolb:
What I was told is there is a process and the medical process, he's still going through it and we're waiting for him to come back for another medical check, which is coming up.An ominous sign for a football player when not cleared to play after a whole season to rest and repair. Kolb’s last chance at NFL glory of all places was with Buffalo. The Bills did Kolb a solid by releasing him and with arguably failed experiments in Arizona and Philadelphia, Kolb’s chances of earning a spot on another roster are limited.
For Kolb’s sake, it is probably a good thing.
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