Buffalo Bills’ E.J. Manuel will decide on knee brace in warm-ups

Aug 16, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel (3) drops back to pass against the Minnesota Vikings during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Vikings 20-16. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel had surgery on his knee and has been wearing a light knee brace in practice. He hasn’t decided if he’ll wear it against the New England Patriots in the season opener or not and will decide before the game.

“I haven’t had any hesitations, it feels fine. It feels strong,” said Manuel of his knee earlier this week. “I can do all my normal movements that I would do if I didn’t have the brace on. Just have the brace on for extra comfort. I’ll see. It depends how it feels.”

It would be the first time Manuel has worn a brace in a game he said.

“I’ve had to wear like a neoprene sleeve before. It feels fine though. I didn’t feel any different when I was running. When you play football your body takes over and you don’t worry about an injury. Doesn’t really matter what you have, so when you’ve got guys flying at you like (Vince) Wilfork and those kinds of guys, you need to get out of there. I won’t be thinking about it at all.”

The coaches might want him to wear the brace but ultimately it is up to Manuel.

“If I don’t want to wear it, I just don’t want to wear it,” he said. ”It’s kind of my choice. We’ll see.”

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