NFL notes: Bills’ EJ Manuel out for preseason

Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel will miss the rest of the preseason after hurting his left knee in Friday night’s game. In a statement released by the team Saturday, coach Doug Marrone said the first-round pick would have a ‘‘minor knee procedure.’’

It’s unclear when or how Manuel was hurt in the 20-16 home win over Minnesota.

Through two games this preseason, Manuel completed 26 of 33 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns, and ran four times for 29 yards.


Manuel was the first quarterback selected when the Bills chose him 16th overall out of Florida State.

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Marrone also said receiver Kevin Elliott (torn ACL) will miss the season.

Keller injures leg

Miami tight end Dustin Keller sustained what appeared to be a serious right leg injury in the second quarter against the Texans. Keller’s leg bent unnaturally when he was tackled on the right knee by D.J. Swearinger on an incomplete pass. He grabbed his knee and was carted off . . . Jacksonville quarterback Blaine Gabbert left the Jaguars’ 37-13 loss at the Jets because of a sprained right thumb. Gabbert, competing with Chad Henne for the starting job, banged his hand on the helmet of a Jets player. Mark Sanchez led host New York on five scoring drives. Rookie quarterback Geno Smith (sprained ankle) didn’t play . . . Houston first-round receiver DeAndre Hopkins left the Texans’ game against Miami because of a head injury.

Royal bruises lung

Chargers receiver Eddie Royal was taken by ambulance to a hospital after landing on his back after making a catch in practice. The team said he has a bruised lung and was being evaluated for a concussion . . . A bruised lung put Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo in the hospital for two nights after Thursday’s game. The No. 6 overall pick was released from the hospital Saturday.

Wolfe carted off

Denver defensive end Derek Wolfe was placed on a backboard and taken in an ambulance after sustaining a neck injury in the first quarter against Seattle Saturday. He was hurt being blocked on a run. The Broncos said Wolfe was being evaluated for a cervical spine injury and had movement in all of his extremities. Denver coach John Fox said that a CT scan revealed no broken bones and the team was waiting on the results of an MRI. Denver also lost starting guard Louis Vasquez (left knee) . . . Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden was cleared for contact and will practice without limitations for the first time since a near-fatal heart injury almost ended his career last November. Hayden, a first-round pick, was brought along slowly after a practice collision in college at Houston nearly killed him.