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E.J. Manuel returns to practice

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Bills coach Doug Marrone said that quarterback E.J. Manuel would have to return to practice by Wednesday in order to have a chance at playing in the season opener against the Patriots.

Manuel accomplished that mission on Sunday. The team announced that the first-round pick was back on the field for Sunday’s practice session, two weeks after undergoing a surgical procedure on his knee. He started throwing late last week and obviously has made enough progress that doctors cleared him for a bigger workload this weekend.

The concerns now are whether or not Manuel is ready to go full speed after his time off and if his knee can avoid setbacks over the course of the week. If the answer to both is yes, you’d have to expect to see Manuel making his regular season debut as an NFL player a week from today.

If there’s a no, Thad Lewis will likely be elevated from the practice squad to back up Jeff Tuel because there’s not much sense in dressing Manuel for a game that you don’t think he’s healthy enough to start.

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9 Responses to “E.J. Manuel returns to practice”
  1. tolan04 says: Sep 1, 2013 4:26 PM

    They wouldn’t carry only 2 qbs if Manuel wasn’t ready. He’s starting vs the pats.

  2. joecoz17 says: Sep 1, 2013 4:26 PM

    never was a doubt in my mind EJ would start week 1. The media took what coach said out of proportion they all missed the “at this time” Tuel will start

  3. skinsallday says: Sep 1, 2013 4:28 PM

    Can someone tell me what the hell was wrong with him in the first place. Minor knee surgery can be a lot of things

  4. buff80 says: Sep 1, 2013 4:34 PM

    Great news. Glad kolb is gone. Tuel shows promise and we are building with young coaches and players

  5. aaroncurryisbust says: Sep 1, 2013 4:36 PM

    NO! Manuel will have plenty of chances! Let Tuel have his shot to make history!

  6. jhop86 says: Sep 1, 2013 4:37 PM

    Good he’s my fantasy backup behind Tom Brady

  7. deadlevelbest says: Sep 1, 2013 5:19 PM

    Can someone tell me what the hell was wrong with him in the first place. Minor knee surgery can be a lot of things
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    Minor meniscus repair.

  8. rycoem says: Sep 1, 2013 5:39 PM

    skinsallday,

    He had “floating or loose meniscus” cartilege removed

  9. loophole64 says: Sep 1, 2013 5:43 PM

    @skinsallday it was just recently found out that he had a floating meniscus fragment. They did arthroscopic knee surgery to remove the fragment. He should be fully recovered after 4 weeks, and it looks like he’ll be ready to play week one.

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