ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — A concussion that has kept quarterback Kevin Kolb sidelined since August, cost him his job with the Buffalo Bills.
Without going into detail, general manager Doug Whaley announced Tuesday the team released Kolb after he failed a physical.
The move came shortly after the start of the NFL's free agency period and a few days before Kolb was due a bonus as part of the two-year contract he signed with Buffalo in April. Now there are questions whether Kolb's career might be over after he sustained what was at least his third concussion in seven seasons.
The latest occurred during the first quarter of a 30-7 preseason loss at Washington on Aug. 24, when Kolb was kneed in the back of the head at the end of a scramble. Diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms, Kolb was placed on injured reserve a week later and spent much of the season recovering at his home in Texas.
The Bills were Kolb's third team since being selected in the second round of the 2007 draft by Philadelphia. A concussion in 2009 resulted in Kolb losing the starting job to Michael Vick in Philadelphia. He then spent two seasons in Arizona, where he failed to secure the starting job because of an assortment of injuries.
Buffalo signed Kolb to provide veteran experience and leadership behind rookie starter EJ Manuel.
The Bills made two moves in free agency by re-signing veteran kicker Dan Carpenter, who signed a four-year contract, and tight end Mike Caussin.
Carpenter returns to Buffalo after what proved to be a successful one-year tryout as an injury replacement after rookie sixth-round draft pick Dustin Hopkins hurt his groin six days before the season opener.
The sixth-year player proceeded to enjoy a career year. Carpenter's 33 field goals were a career high and tied the Bills' single-season record set by Steve Christie in 1998.
Carpenter's return leaves Hopkins' future uncertain.
Carpenter was so eager to re-sign with the Bills that he, his wife Kaela and son Colby arrived at the team's headquarters to complete negotiations after traveling from his home in Florida on Tuesday. Under NFL rules, Carpenter was not allowed to re-sign with Buffalo before free agency began because he had signed a one-year deal at the league veteran minimum.
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