Russ Brandon: Hopefully E.J. Manuel is back in next month or so

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The Bills have spent the early part of the week shoring up their quarterback situation once again, but the arrival of Matt Flynn hasn’t made anyone miss E.J. Manuel’s presence in the lineup.

It’s still unclear when the team will get him back in the lineup, although coach Doug Marrone said Monday that Manuel is “ahead of schedule” in his recovery from knee surgery. Bills CEO Russ Brandon gave a little more color on the general timeline that’s in play during an appearance on WGR 550 on Wednesday.

“He’s here constantly going through the rehab process with our training staff,” Brandon said “Hopefully he’ll continue to progress. I don’t have a timetable at this point, but hopefully we can get E.J. back on the field as soon as possible. I know that’s what he wants too. Coach will address it later today. Hopefully we’ll have him back in the next month or so.”

The Bills have five games between now and November 17 and then they have a bye in Week 12, which could be the time they are able to get Manuel back on the field. That’s a lot of time to fill with Thad Lewis, Jeff Tuel, Flynn or anyone else who might join the team, but it will be worth the wait if Manuel is 100 percent once he’s back on the field.

9 responses to “Russ Brandon: Hopefully E.J. Manuel is back in next month or so

  1. EJ Manuel has played pretty well……. for a first round rookie. He isn’t exactly fantastic. Not yet. He is losing valuable learning and playing time. Who knows how well he could be playing next season, if he wasn’t missing most of this one. But I don’t think the games he misses this year will all go from W’s to L’s because he’s out. Lewis just might be at this point.

  2. I’ve posted on this site several times that Thad Lewis can play in this league. All he needed was a legit opportunity. He not Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, but he’s good enough to stick in the league. I think solidifying a backup job behind E.J. would be a good landing spot for him. He’s been through 4 teams already. Not having the measurables (average arm strength and only 6’1) seems to have worked against him.

    He’s tough as nails (David Cutcliffe’s words, not mine) . Not to mention, he’s about as great a guy off the field as you will find. No prima donna, no worries about him getting into trouble during the off-season. You know what you are going to get with Thad. Seems like a ideal backup QB to me.

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