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Kevin Kolb: "We’re taking it slowly and carefully"

Posted Aug 12, 2013

The Bills quarterback talks about his health, getting closer to returning, and whether or not he thinks he'll play this week against Minnesota.

QB Kevin Kolb

Training Camp – August 12, 2013

Q: How does the knee feel?

A: It feels pretty good. It’s getting better every day. No setbacks. That feels good and hopefully tomorrow it’ll be the same way.

Q: Was the knee wrap uncomfortable – you took it off during practice?

A: I felt pretty good during the warm-ups and the game on Saturday with just the sleeve. I took the wrap off. It didn’t feel near as good as I thought it was going to be.

Q: Are you medically cleared to do whatever you need to do out there?

A: I think we’re taking it slowly and carefully. I’m trying to push the envelope. I’m trying to get out there and be a little part of this fun.

Q: How tough was the slip that caused your knee injury?

A: I was coming off my best practice probably and feeling really comfortable. I had just gone through telling everybody that that was the most comfortable I’ve felt in a while. For something goofy like that to happen was very frustrating. And of course, with the family situation, having to leave the team for a while, it wasn’t a good time. But you fight through those struggles and have to move on.

Q: Did you jam your knee?

A: Yeah, a little bit. I’m not sure how much Doug (Marrone) went into it, but I slipped. I ran the day before and my front leg went out and my left knee came in a little bit. A little knee cap damage there.

Q: How do you feel your mechanics have been impacted by the injury?

A: It gets better as practice goes on. But what I don’t know want to do is push myself and create a bad habit where I overcompensate. There’s a fine line there. I'm trying to weigh that out and make sure I am playing without any pain. And if I am playing with some pain, then don’t let it affect me when I’m fully healthy because I don’t want to create a bad habit.

Q: How has Coach Hackett helped you avoid creating any bad habits?

A: I think he trust me that I know what I’m doing. It’s more of a feel thing for me really because whenever this changes, the arm angle and everything up here changes. You may come down a little more because you have a stiff leg and you’re trying to protect that knee. Those are the types of things that I maybe can feel them before he can see them.

Q: Is it hard to toe that line between further injuring yourself and wanting to get back out there?

A: Yeah, especially when you’re a hard head and competitive and everything else. All that comes into effect and that’s the way I feel. When they said they were going to ease me in, I said no you’re not. I want you to put me in. That’s the way I feel. They’re going to play it smart and they can see my progress probably better than I can. Hopefully I can take the pride out of the deal and let my injury just comes along.

Q: How tough is it to miss as much time as you did?

A: It’s harder than anyone can imagine. You come back and you feel the front for the first time and you’re like ‘woah.’ It’s blurry all of the sudden. It takes a couple of days to get back in that rhythm of identifying things and understanding things and vocalizing things. A long weekend will do that to you, much less four, five, seven days, whatever it has been since I was back on the field. That’s why I didn’t want to waste another day. I wanted to get out there, even if I only got a few reps, I wanted to get some live bullets again and see what it’s like.

Q: Can you get it all back between the time you returned and Friday night’s game?

A: I hope. I think that’s the plan. That’s what I’m pushing for, but I have to let my body tell me what I can do. Again, it’s not an ideal situation.

Q: Can you gauge your chances for Friday?

A: I don’t think I can really do that. A lot of it depends on how I feel tomorrow coming back from a full practice. I would love to tell your right now that I’m playing for sure, but that’s not necessarily correct.