Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel has a sprained latera

ORCHARD PARK, N. Stan Mikita Jersey .Y. — Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel has a sprained lateral collateral ligament in his right knee that will not require surgery but will sideline him at least two weeks and potentially longer, coach Doug Marrone said Friday. Manuel was injured in the third quarter of Buffalos 37-24 loss at Cleveland on Thursday, when he was hit by Browns safety Tashaun Gipson at the end of a 14-yard run. Marrone said it is too early to determine an exact timetable for Manuels return. “What we need right now is for it to calm down, see where were at,” Marrone said, “see where hes at in probably a week to see how its progressing, where he is, then get it down in to a little bit more of a window.” Rookie Jeff Tuel came in for Manuel but was ineffective, completing 8 of 20 passes for 80 yards. Marrone said the Bills (2-3) will look into acquiring another quarterback and did not rule out the possibility of that player starting Buffalos next game Oct. 13 at Cincinnati (2-2). Manuel had already gained a first down on the play on which he was hurt, but Marrone defended the quarterbacks decision not to slide. “This one (Thursday) night was a tough situation because I really dont think he saw the guy coming to the inside until late,” Marrone said. “You see him get the first down and you see him trying to get as much as you can and then try to protect himself.” After hitting Manuel, Gipson pumped his fist and stared in the direction of the quarterback on the ground. Bills centre Eric Wood called some Browns players “classless” for the way they reacted to Manuels injury. “The hit was fine,” Wood said. “What ticked me off was the way they acted afterwards. I hope our defence never acts like that when they injure an opposing quarterback because youve got to show some class in that situation. “Theres a few guys over there that obviously didnt.” Wood singled out Browns safety T.J. Ward, claiming he told Bills rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso, Wards former teammate at Oregon, that he should have warned Manuel that Clevelands defence was coming after him. “That is completely inaccurate,” Ward said on a conference call. “I did speak to Kiko and he went to Oregon with me. But anytime a player gets hurt, you never praise or root for players to get hurt. Its competitive sport, a violent sport, but when you see players go down, no way in any shape or form its a celebration.” In the first quarter, Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer suffered what ended up being a season-ending knee injury when he got his leg caught underneath him in a slide and was hit near the head by Alonso. Several Browns wanted a penalty called on the hit. “I dont think there was any intention there,” Cleveland coach Rob Chudzinski said. “Brian was sliding. It was just an unfortunate thing. I think his cleat got caught up underneath him.” This is the second time Manuel has been out with a knee injury. He missed the final two weeks of the preseason after hurting his left knee while scrambling in a win over Minnesota on Aug. 16. Kevin Kolb started the following weekend at Washington, but sustained a season-ending concussion during that game. The Bills were forced to scramble to address their depth at quarterback by signing free agent Matt Leinart and acquiring Thaddeus Lewis in a trade with Detroit. Leinart was cut a day after the Bills preseason finale vs. Detroit. Lewis was cut a day later before being re-signed to Buffalos practice squad. The Bills are banged up at other positions, but an extra weekend of rest will help them recover. Leading receiver Stevie Johnson has a strained back muscle that is not expected to keep him out of action, Marrone said. Johnson left Thursdays game in the second quarter and did not return. He sat out most of spring practices with a back injury. Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd (plantar fasciitis) and starting cornerback Stephon Gilmore (wrist) will both practice this week, Marrone said, and the Bills are hopeful one or both players will be able to make his regular-season debut against Cincinnati. Cornerback Ron Brooks (foot), wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (hand) and kicker Dustin Hopkins (groin) are also close to returning, Marrone said. “Its part of the game to lose guys, lose games,” running back Fred Jackson said. “Youve got to come back and respond. Weve got a good, extended period before our next game so hopefully we can get some guys back from injuries and do what weve got to do to hit the ground running when we get to the next game.” Buffalo released punter Shawn Powell on Friday after he finished with 23.1 yards-per-punt net against Cleveland and failed to land one inside the Browns 20. Powell also struggled with angling punts away from Clevelands Travis Benjamin, who returned seven punts for a franchise-record 179 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown return. Michael Jordan Jersey . — Jerome Samson scored twice, and St. Bobby Hull Blackhawks Jersey . PAUL, Minn.LOS ANGELES — Share and share alike. That appears to be the Los Angeles Clippers mantra now that theyll be facing extended time without All-Star point guard Chris Paul. Darren Collison scored 19 of his 21 points in the first half and had seven assists in his second start at the point since Pauls injury, leading the Clippers to a 101-81 rout of the Orlando Magic on Monday night. “You cant replace Chris Paul. Hes a great player in this league. Im just going to play my game and do what I do best,” Collison said. “If I go out there and make a mistake, then I make a mistake. But the one thing you can always count on is that Im always going to play hard and try to help my team. When youre aggressive, then you start to see the openings for your teammates and get them the ball.” Paul, who separated his right shoulder in Fridays win at Dallas and is expected to be sidelined for at least six weeks, sat behind the Clippers bench in a suit and tie while Collison unselfishly orchestrated things without a hitch against the last-place team in the Southeast Division. “I think the biggest change D.C. made today was that there were three or four times where he could have shot the ball and instead gave it to one of his teammates,” coach Doc Rivers said. “When a point guard gives up shots that he could take, its almost like the other guys want to pay it back and get it back to him. Blake did it several times tonight, and Jamal did it a couple of times. So that was good to see.” The Clippers enjoyed one of their best defensive efforts of the season, after surrendering 70 first-half points in each of their previous two games against Dallas and San Antonio — both on the road. “You couldnt really ask for a better game from a lot of guys tonight,” Blake Griffin said. “I mean, guys were hitting shots, guys were defending, guys were getting steals, we were running people off the 3-point line — we did all the things that we wanted to do. And thats always encouraging. Its good to have a game like that after having such a poor first half in San Antonio.” Crawford chipped in with 13 points and eight of the teams 30 assists. Griffin — bogged down by early foul trouble — had 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists. DeAndre Jordan had 17 rebounds and 14 points. “I thought our ball movement was excellent,” Collison said. Corey Crawford Blackhawks Jersey. “Without a guy like Chris Paul, I think we tend to take the pressure off ourselves when everybodys moving the ball like that. I thought we played phenomenal, as far as the offensive end and how we moved the ball. But I think the biggest reason we had so many good attempts at the opposite end was because of our defence. We really locked down.” Reserves Maurice Harkless and Victor Oladipo each scored 22 points for the Magic, who have lost four straight and 11 of their last 15 games. Centre Nikola Vucevic, who had 30 points and 21 rebounds against the Clippers in Orlandos 98-90 home loss on Nov. 6, had just two points and eight boards in 20 minutes after missing the previous two games because of sprained left ankle. He left the game after fouling Griffin near the Clippers basket and taking a hard spill with 8:18 left in the third quarter. “He had a pretty bad fall,” coach Jacque Vaughn said. “Hes already been diagnosed with a concussion, so hell enter the concussion protocol and Ill leave it in the hands of the doctors now.” Rivers had all of his starters on the bench at the beginning of the fourth quarter with an 85-55 lead, but he had to put them all back in after Jason Maxiells dunk capped a 16-2 run that narrowed the gap to 87-71 with 7:01 remaining. Griffin had two fouls in the first 4:05 of the game and went to the bench after the Clippers opened the game with a 12-3 run. But Jordan extended the margin to 20-3 less than 2 1-2 minutes later with a demonstrative slam dunk, after Crawford set up an alley-oop dunk by Jordan and a 22-footer by Collison. NOTES: Paul, a six-time All-Star, is averaging 18.5 points and 9.8 assists during his three seasons with the Clippers. Since he joined them, they are 11-10 when he doesnt play and 109-55 when he does. … Vucevic missed five games last March because of a concussion after starting each of Orlandos first 68 contests. … The Magic made the playoffs in three consecutive seasons when Rivers coached them, but they lost in the first round each time. … No Orlando player has scored more than 26 points in any of the last 16 games since Afflalos 43-point effort in double overtime in a one-point loss to Philadelphia on Nov. 27. … Orlando had won 11 of its previous 13 meetings with the Clippers. cheap nfl jerseyscheap jerseys cheap jerseys cheap jerseys cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys ‘ ‘ ‘

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