LANDOVER, Md. — Kevin Kolb left the game with concussion-like symptoms, leaving the Buffalo Bills with an undrafted rookie as their only healthy quarterback.
That’s right. There’s a team even more quarterback-depleted this preseason than the Washington Redskins, who are making do without Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins.
The Redskins beat the Bills 30-7 Saturday, but nearly all of the focus was on the players who either left early or didn’t play at all.
Kolb was hurt in the first quarter after he was kneed in the back of the helmet at the end of an 8-yard scramble. He remained in the game for four more plays until the drive ended with a 2-yard touchdown run by C.J. Spiller.
Once Kolb left, Jeff Tuel from Washington State completed 10 of 17 passes for 63 yards as the last Bills QB standing.
Kolb had the inside track in Buffalo’s quarterback competition after first-round pick EJ Manuel hurt his left knee in the Bills’ previous game. Manuel was ruled out for the rest of the preseason, and Kolb’s status will be in question given his history with concussions.
Bears 34, Raiders 26
Former Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin appeared to have a golden opportunity to take a step closer to landing a spot on Oakland roster during the Raiders’ 34-26 loss to the Chicago Bears Friday night.
It’s debatable if he made the most of it.
For the second straight week, the Scranton native saw considerable playing time while his competition for the third string quarterback spot, fellow rookie Tyler Wilson, did not play.
McGloin wasn’t exactly sharp, however. Playing the whole fourth quarter, he finished 7 of 14 for 128 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. At least, two more of McGloin’s passes could have been interceptions, but they were dropped by defenders.
In fairness to the former West Scranton star, who has a baseball field named after him in his hometown, he did spend much of his time on the field scrambling away from the Bears’ pass rush. And he did lead the Raiders on a touchdown drive, during a two-minute drill.
Teams have to cut rosters to 75 players this week, but it is doubtful that either McGloin or Wilson will be among the cuts.