Every team's number one goal in the preseason is to come out of each game healthy. For the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets, that was not accomplished this week. Both teams appear to have lost their (potentially) starting quarterback to injury.
The Bills have already be short manned at quarterback, with EJ Manuel sidelined with a knee injury. During Saturday's game against the Washington Redskins Kevin Kolb was forced from the game with "concussion-like symptoms." The Bills' third string quarterback, Jeff Tuel, is the only healthy quarterback on the roster.
Word yesterday was the Bills would workout veteran quarterbacks Matt Leinart and John Beck this week. According to SB Nation's Buffalo Rumblings, the Bills could also consider Tyler Thigpen and Byron Leftwhich, while the team plans to use Brad Smith at quarterback in practices.
Dolphins fourth string quarterback Aaron Corp could also be on the Bills radar. He spent the OTA and minicamp portion of the 2012 with Buffalo, then signed with the team again in February of this year before being released after the Draft.
Meanwhile, the Jets saw Mark Sanchez injured during the fourth quarter of Saturday's game against the New York Giants. Rookie Geno Smith started the game, with Sanchez entering the game with 11 minutes remaining. On his second possession, Sanchez was hit by Giants defensive lineman Marvin Austin and fell to the ground, holding his right (throwing) shoulder.
On the sideline, he tried to throw some passes, but turned to the trainer, according to NBC's sideline reporter Bruce Beck, and said "I can't do this." He was then taken into the facility for x-rays with an MRI scheduled.
I agree with David_Wyatt from SB Nation's Gang Green Nation about the criticism Rex Ryan has received about having Sanchez in the game in the fourth quarter. The Jets have said all offseason and preseason that the quarterback position is an open competition. If it truly is an open competition, and Smith started, that should mean Sanchez is the number two quarterback for that game. If he is the second quarterback, coming in in the third of fourth quarter is exactly what happens in preseason games.
The Jets don't see Sanchez as their sure starter. Why should they treat him as such?
According to NFL Network, the Jets have also contacted Leinart and Beck about conducting workouts for the team.
No official prognosis for either Kolb or Sanchez has been given.
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