EJ Manuel had second surgery on left knee following season
NEW YORK -- Bills quarterback EJ Manuel underwent a second surgery on his left knee earlier this month following the conclusion of the 2013 season.
"It was a minor procedure," Manuel said today in the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, site of the media center for Super Bowl XXVIII. "Just like a 20-minute, in-and-out cleanup of the ligaments and things like that, so I'm happy I got it done. It kind of put it past me. Obviously with the rehab and things like that, it'll get back to full strength and I don't think it will bother me at all."
Manuel previously had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in the same knee in August. He plans to wear a brace on the knee moving forward
"Now I have a clean slate, not to worry about it," he said. "If you look around the league, a lot of quarterbacks ... I know Andrew Luck wears one, Peyton Manning wears one on that front leg. You'll have some defenders come down, you don't want to risk getting whatever type of knee injury. So just to kind of ignore for the rest of my career, I'll have a brace, but it won't inhibit me from still being able to take off and run."
Manuel said that he's hasn't started running yet, but that "I'll be able to run when the time is to run."
"It's still January, it's still very early in the offseason, so there's no need to run. If I had to, I could, though," he said.
Manuel said the only good news is that none of the injuries were more severe.
"They're not ACLs or MCLs, which take a year or however long to recover from," he said. "If I'm going to have a knee injury, I would rather have the ones that I had. I'd rather have them earlier, I guess, than later, to get it behind me and just start our legacy as a team and move forward.
"The good thing is I'm 23, so I'm still young. My body will bounce back fine. It's not going to slow me down. I'll still be able to run a 4.5 or a 4.6, so I'll be in good shape."
Manuel said he didn't necessarily believe in bad or good luck. The injuries limited him to 10 games in his rookie season. He led the Bills to a 4-6 record in those games, throwing 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions to go with 1,972 yards.
"The only one that I could really say that ... I could have got out of bounds maybe a step earlier, but I still think I was doing the right thing trying to get more yards. The guy just got me in the wrong spot," he said, referring to the sprained lateral collateral ligament he suffered in October against Cleveland. "It seemed to play out that way. I don't think it has anything to do with my body, I think it could have happened to anybody. It's unfortunate that it happened three times, but the season's over with now, you can look forward to a new one."
Manuel's here to take part in a skills clinic Friday at Chelsea Piers for 150 New York-area youth football players. The Panini Pop Warner Skills Clinic will also include the New York Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul, Jacksonville's Denard Robinson and Atlanta's Harry Douglas. Manuel and Co. will lead players through a series of football drills and talk to them about their own experiences. After the clinic, they'll sign autographs for the participants.