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Kevin Kolb will start in Buffalo Bills' preseason game

Kevin Kolb remains a viable player in the Buffalo Bills' quarterback derby.

Bills coach Doug Marrone announced that Kolb will start in Friday's preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings.

"Just the one thing I hope everyone understands is not to read in to this because we were very, very happy with EJ (Manuel)'s performance in the first game," Marrone said.

Wednesday's announcement came three days after Manuel performed admirably in the first half of the Bills' win over the Indianapolis Colts. Kolb missed the game while nursing a knee injury suffered after he slipped on a rubber mat last week.

Marrone said Wednesday that Kolb would have started against the Colts had he been available. Manuel then would have started against the Vikings. Kolb's injury caused the team to flip the script.

The bottom line? Kolb still has a shot at winning this. If he plays well against the Vikings, Marrone will have a difficult decision to make as the Bills head toward the all-important third preseason game.

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