NFL: Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel out for weeks with knee injury

Last Updated: 08/10/13 11:03am

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EJ Manuel: Sprained knee ligaments will keep him out for weeks

EJ Manuel: Sprained knee ligaments will keep him out for weeks

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Buffalo quarterback EJ Manuel faces "a few weeks" on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury in the defeat to Cleveland.

The Bills rookie was forced out of the 37-24 defeat at the FirstEnergy Stadium in the third quarter after taking a big hit from Browns safety Tashaun Gipson at the end of a 14-yard run.

The Bills initially feared that Manuel could be out for the rest of the season, but scans have revealed he has sprained ligaments which will not require surgery.

"We think it will be a few weeks," said Buffalo coach Doug Marrone, who also admitted he will look to sign a replacement quarterback after undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel struggled against the Bills.

Tuel completed only eight of 20 pass attempts for 80 yards and was intercepted by TJ Ward.

One possible target for Marrone is Josh Freeman, who was released by Tampa Bay earlier this week following a number of disputes with the Buccaneers.

But the Bills did have better news on star wide receiver Stevie Johnson, who left the game in Cleveland shortly before half-time and was not able to return.

Johnson sustained a back muscle strain that is not expected to keep him out of action, although he is likely to be limited during training next week.

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