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Kevin Kolb trying to “push the envelope” in return from knee injury

Kevin Kolb

Buffalo Bills’ Kevin Kolb throws before the start of an NFL preseason football game against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)


Bills quarterback Kevin Kolb said Monday that he was coming off his best practice of the year when he slipped on a rubber mat and injured his knee.

That spill came more than a week ago and Kolb missed both practice and the preseason opener against the Colts in the interim, which is not a good place to find yourself when you’re fighting for a starting job. So Kolb fought to get back into a full practice on Monday even though he wasn’t feeling 100 percent and, per Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News, wasn’t “moving around at peak efficiency.”

“I think we’re taking it slowly and carefully,” Kolb said. “But I’m trying to push the envelope a little bit. I’m trying to get out there and get a little part of this fun.”

Kolb doesn’t know whether or not the Bills will put him on the field against the Vikings on Friday, but said he’s “pushing” to be in the lineup in what he acknowledges is a less than ideal situation. Given his experience in other quarterback competitions, Kolb surely knows that he needs to give the Bills reasons not to go with first-round pick E.J. Manuel and the only way he can do that is by playing. In this case that means pushing the envelope beyond what might be prudent because Kolb doesn’t have another card to play in his bid for the starting job.