Kevin Kolb’s NFL career never really got off the ground and now it may be over.
According to 550 WGR, via ProFootballTalk, the Bills will place Kolb on injured reserve, which will allow Buffalo to skip out on a roster bonus of $250,000 but they are still on the books for Kolb’s $1.65 million base salary.
Kolb suffered a concussion in the Bills’ preseason loss to the Redskins last Saturday, which Buffalo feared was going to be a career-ending injury to a player who has a history of concussion problems.
The former Eagles second-round pick missed time in 2010 and 2011 with concussions. In 2010, Kolb started Week 1 for the Eagles before leaving with a concussion and opened the door for Michael Vick.
Kolb came to the Bills as a free agent following being released from the Cardinals earlier in the year. He also suffered a freak knee injury earlier in training camp when he slipped on a wet mat. The 29-year-old will likely never play a regular-season game for the Bills.
The Bills also will place Brad Smith on IR and released Matt Leinart.
Falcons: LB Brian Banks among cuts
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons waived Brian Banks, the linebacker who was attempting to make a late start to his NFL career after spending five years in prison on a conviction that was later overturned.
The 28-year-old Banks spent five years in prison and five years on probation following his conviction of rape and kidnapping charges a decade ago. The woman who made the charge when Banks was 16 later recanted her accusation.
The conviction was overturned by a California court last year.
Banks had two tackles, including one for a loss, in the Falcons' 20-16 preseason loss to Jacksonville on Thursday night. He was listed as the third-string middle linebacker and faced an uphill battle to make the team.
"Brian is a guy that has not played football in 10 years," Falcons coach Mike Smith said after Thursday night's game. "He has really matured and progressed as a football player since we've had him on our roster."
Banks signed with the Falcons in March. He said Thursday he faced a different challenge than most players competing for roster spots as he tried to make up for his lost decade (see full story).
- The Associated Press
Jets: Ryan says QB competition is ‘ongoing’
NEW YORK -- Rex Ryan says people can "assume" that the New York Jets' quarterback competition is "ongoing" since the team has yet to declare a winner.
Mark Sanchez has an injured right shoulder that might keep him out for at least the season opener, so rookie Geno Smith could get the start against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 8. Neither played in the preseason finale win over Philadelphia on Thursday night.
Ryan has repeatedly said the Jets aren't putting a timetable on announcing a quarterback, and even acknowledged it's a possibility they could enter the season without saying whether Sanchez or Smith won the job.
Ryan, during a conference call Friday, says the situation could gain some clarity next Wednesday -- when teams are required to submit their first injury report (see full story).
- The Associated Press