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Russ Brandon: Unless Manuel has a setback, he should play Sunday

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The Bills have cleared quarterback E.J. Manuel to return to practice after his knee surgery and it doesn’t sound like the team thinks he’ll need more than a few days of practice to be ready to play in a game.

Bills CEO Russ Brandon was on WGR 550 on Wednesday and said that the team’s coaches would evaluate Manuel’s progress during practice this week. Manuel’s going to be “full go” in those practice sessions and Brandon said the expectation is that the team will have him against the Steelers in Week 10 barring a turn for the worse in terms of his health.

“Unless he has a setback, he should be ready to go on Sunday,” Brandon said, via the team.

Coach Doug Marrone hasn’t offered the same kind of assurance about Manuel’s status and he showed with C.J. Spiller that he’s willing to keep a player on the bench when he thinks they aren’t fit enough to play. Restraint may be an even bigger factor with Manuel, whose future as the starting quarterback is at least as important as any present gains the team may realize from his immediate return.

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8 Responses to “Russ Brandon: Unless Manuel has a setback, he should play Sunday”
  1. kperagine says: Nov 6, 2013 9:17 AM

    Not happy about this as a Jets fan. Manuel was playing well before injury.

  2. steelnucs says: Nov 6, 2013 9:17 AM

    PLEASE keep him on the bench. The Steelers need all the help they can get on D after that pathetic display last Sunday.

  3. yeevie13 says: Nov 6, 2013 9:36 AM

    He didn’t have surgery it was just a sprain…

  4. corkspop says: Nov 6, 2013 9:58 AM

    Rest him! Either Lewis or Tuel can lead this team over the Steelers. One more week of practice for Manuel.

  5. crownofthehelmet says: Nov 6, 2013 10:24 AM

    If he doesn’t play, it won’t be a setback, it’ll be fear. Heck, the whole Bills team might have a ‘setback’ after realizing what’s in store for them.

  6. frencha2384 says: Nov 6, 2013 11:07 AM

    @crownofthehelmet

    What is there to fear your defense out there that needs a walker to get around hahaha

  7. steelersnowand4ever says: Nov 6, 2013 12:08 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:Nov 6, 2013 10:24 AM

    If he doesn’t play, it won’t be a setback, it’ll be fear. Heck, the whole Bills team might have a ‘setback’ after realizing what’s in store for them.

    Setback from laughing too hard!!

  8. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Nov 6, 2013 1:25 PM

    A loss to the Bills would not be surprising, considering the crap teams that beat us the past two weeks.

    Oh well, for better or worse, in sickness and in health and all that…GO STILLERS!

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