During an appearance on radio Wednesday, Bills CEO Russ Brandon said that the team was hopeful that quarterback E.J. Manuel would return in the “next month or so.”
Coach Doug Marrone also addressed Manuel’s recovery on Wednesday and he put forth a similar timetable for Manuel’s return. Marrone said the team expected Manuel to resume practicing in 4-6 weeks and then making a determination about returning to game action at that point.
That timeframe leaves a lot of games to be started before Manuel is able to return to the lineup. The Bills have said all week that they expect Thad Lewis to be the starter for the first of those games this weekend despite a sprained foot and it continues to look like Lewis will be the man leading the offense. Lewis practiced fully on Wednesday and said after the session that he felt fine.
“Feels great. I was able to get out there today and move around and do everything I normally do,” Lewis said, via Mike Rodak of ESPN.com. “No limitations at all. They did a great job of treating it the last couple of days. I didn’t miss a beat today, which was positive and something to look forward to going into tomorrow.”
Lewis played well in his Bills debut last weekend and will likely remain ahead of Matt Flynn and Jeff Tuel as long as he can avoid any awful outings before Manuel’s ready to return.