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QB Kevin Kolb headlines trio placed on I-R

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Bills QB Kevin Kolb, WR Brad Smith, and FB Drew Smith were placed on season-ending IR on Friday.

His first season with the Bills has unfortunately been filled with the same problem that has plagued him for much of his NFL career – injuries. A knee injury from a freak slip at training camp followed by a concussion in Buffalo’s third preseason game has landed Kevin Kolb on injured reserve. Joining him on the I-R list were WR Brad Smith and undrafted rookie FB Drew Smith.

Kolb was signed as a free agent by the Bills this past offseason and was to compete with Bills top draft choice for the starting quarterback job. For Kolb staying healthy has proven difficult and history repeated itself for him in Buffalo where he was competing with Bills top draft choice EJ Manuel for the starting quarterback job before injuries compromised his opportunity.

The 29-year old quarterback now has experienced three reported concussions in the last four seasons and head coach Doug Marrone said earlier in the week that Kolb would be out indefinitely. He also said that the team would consider making Kolb the designated to return player off of injured reserve.

That decision cannot be executed until Sept. 3rd after 4 pm. If he is not designated the return player on injured reserve the future of his career will likely be up for discussion.

Brad Smith, Drew Smith also to I-R
Veteran receiver Brad Smith was also placed on injured reserve. He sustained a rib injury in the team’s final preseason game Thursday night against the Lions and did not return.

Head coach Doug Marrone said after the game that if he broke any ribs the injury timetable would be longer. The I-R designation for Smith is likely an indication of a more serious injury.

Undrafted rookie FB Drew Smith showed some flashes in camp, but was also placed on injured reserve. His injury was undisclosed.