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PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) - Kevin Kolb will start at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills in their preseason game Friday night against the Minnesota Vikings.

"Just to reiterate, what the plan would have been going in was that Kevin probably would've started the first game if he wasn't injured or hurt and EJ would have came in," head coach Doug Marrone announced, after Wednesday night's practice.

"Then EJ would have started this game but because of the injury, obviously EJ started and I'm going to give Kevin this start. You can't call it a competition and then all of a sudden not have the quarterbacks getting those starts."

Kolb, who is competing with rookie EJ Manuel for the starting quarterback job, did not play in Buffalo's first preseason game because of a left knee injury.

"Kevin has played a lot. He's a seven-year vet. I asked him 'are your ready to do this, are you healthy, are you ready?' He said 'yes no problem.' I'm assuming that he's ready to go."

"Coach saw me in individuals and said 'Hey you're looking pretty good,' said Kolb. "I said that I feel great. So we decided right there to push through like a normal practice. Once that mind frame sets in, you're good to go. The next thing is the game and preparing for the game and going 100 miles per hour."

Marrone said the decision was not a reflection of Manuel, who played well against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, and more about the competition at quarterback.

"We have conversations all the time," said Manuel. "When he told me, it wasn't like I was blindsided or anything like that. We have a great mode of communication, I think myself and all the quarterbacks and the coaches. So, he just told me that I played well and things like that."

Kolb participated in team drills for the first time in over a week on Monday but took a big step forward Tuesday. On Tuesday, Kolb moved well in the pocket and did not appear to be hampered by the knee injury.