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Bills’ Kolb slips on mat, hurts knee

Buffalo quarterback Kevin Kolb slipped switching fields during practice, but coach Doug Marrone said the injury does not appear to be serious.

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PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Quarterback Kevin Kolb’s chances of earning the Buffalo Bills starting job were nearly upended by a wet and slippery rubber mat.

Kolb, who is locked in a competition with rookie first-round pick EJ Manuel, avoided serious injury to his left knee when he slipped and stumbled awkwardly while switching fields between practice drills Saturday.

Coach Doug Marrone said the injury does not appear to be serious. He called it “a bump,” and listed Kolb “day by day.”

Marrone also provided an update on the status of Stevie Johnson, saying the team’s No. 1 receiver will miss at least a week with a pulled left hamstring. Johnson was hurt in practice Friday.

Kolb wasn’t available for comment, but showed frustration by angrily tossing his helmet to the ground before being examined by head trainer Bud Carpenter. After a few minutes, Kolb got up got up on his own and was escorted to the locker room.

Notes

Patrick Peterson is catching passes, throwing some and running with the ball during training camp.

No doubt about it, new Arizona coach Bruce Arians has plans for the dynamic player on offense.

In his first two NFL seasons, Peterson made the Pro Bowl as a punt returner, then as a cornerback. He remains a shutdown cornerback, first and foremost. And he still plans to return punts.

But Arians says Peterson is too talented to be standing on the sideline all the time when the Cardinals have the ball.

Peterson is all for it.

“I’m pretty dynamic with the ball in my hands,” he said. “I’m not saying the offense needs help. They have great talent over there. But I guess (Arians) just wanted more explosive plays from guys that could help.”

• The Miami Dolphins could be the only legitimate challenger to New England’s AFC East dominance. The Dallas Cowboys hope they will be a true threat in the NFC East, where both the defending division champion Redskins and the Giants are more highly regarded.

For two teams with so many question marks heading toward into the season, an extra exhibition game can’t be a terrible thing — provided no key players get hurt in Sunday night’s Hall of Fame game.

Miami already has some injury concerns, with starting receivers Mike Wallace (groin) and Brian Hartline (left calf) hobbled in practice this week.

Dallas quarterback Tony Romo had offseason surgery for a cyst on his back, and coach Jason Garrett has been close-mouthed on Romo’s availability for the lone game this weekend. Romo said he doesn’t think he’ll play Sunday.

“It’s whatever Coach tells you (to do),” Romo told ESPN. “They know what’s best for our football team.”

• Chicago signed tight end Leonard Pope to a one-year contract. The 6-foot-8 Pope has 105 receptions for 982 yards and 11 touchdowns in seven seasons.

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