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EJ Manuel: "It didn’t look like I'd be able to protect myself"

Posted Dec 18, 2013

The Bills quarterback talks about missing this weeks game against the Dolphins with a knee injury.

QB EJ MANUEL

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Q: How do you feel?
A: A little sore today. Just a little sore.

Q: Were you hoping Monday that this might come around?
A: Definitely. Earlier, going into today, I still wanted to give it a shot, see how I felt. I guess just the way I was looking, it didn’t look like I’d be able to protect myself moving laterally and things like that.

Q: Obviously this is disappointing right?
A: Yeah it is. We just wanted to continue to build on what we did last week. Obviously I didn’t get a chance to play the Dolphins the first go-round, I wanted to play them the second time, but coach made the right decisions for the team to help us win.

Q: When you don’t have a history of injuries, at this point, are you just kind of like what the heck is going on?
A: Tell me about it. When it happened in the game, I just kind of said to myself, ‘is this really happening again?’ I just taped it up and kept playing, but obviously the onset after something like that happens it’s going to get stiff and sore on you, so that’s a part of it. Nonetheless, I get a chance to play against New England and finish the season strong.

Q: Is that the only kind of solace you can take out of this?
A: That’s it. If you can’t play that week, start preparing for the following week when you can play.

Q: Was it a scramble play?
A: No, I was getting taken down, and just the second guy kind of jumped over somebody else and just kind of landed on my knee when it was on its way up and that’s what caused the friction. It was a freak accident, it’s crazy.

Q: Doug said you were worried about being labeled as injury-prone. Does that bother you?
A: As a football player, you’re tough. I’ve been playing this game for twenty, however many years, and never really had reoccurring injuries, especially with my knees and things like that. You obviously don’t want to get tagged with being injury-prone or worse where it’s soft and things like that. I know I’m not that, but you still have to be smart with your body. You want to have a nice long career.

Q: How concerning is it to have three separate knee injuries as a rookie?
A: It just is what it is. Rehab it once it gets healthy enough and move forward.

Q: Mobility is a big part of your game…
A: I’ve seen that after those injuries I’ve still had my mobility and been able to move around, so I know it’ll heal up. It’s just not something I really want to deal with right now but I have to.

Q: Do you think this will change your offseason?

A: I’ve never had an offseason, so I honestly don’t even know how to kind of plan that, so I’m really relying on a lot of these veteran guys to kind of tell us or tell me what to do as far as letting your body relax, how much time you should take off and things like that.

Q: Is maybe the toughest thing the fact that it seems like every time you appear to be making noticeable progress, this has kind of gotten in the way?
A: Yeah, I mean, adversity and that’s all you can really say about it. I have to look it right in the eye and just combat it and be ready when I can play next week versus New England, and come out there and play well and finish the season strong.

Q: How tough is it to build consistency through all of these injuries?
A: It is tough. Like I said, it’s something I have to deal with. I can’t control the injuries and things like that. Obviously I don’t want to get hurt or put myself in harm’s way to get hurt, but it happens. Everybody’s road is different, so I just combat it, continue to get better and get ready for next week.