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Doug Marrone: Plan is for Manuel to start Sunday

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We’ve heard from Bills CEO Russ Brandon and from quarterback E.J. Manuel about the likelihood that Manuel will be making his return to the lineup for Buffalo in Week 10 and now we’ve heard from the coach of the team as well.

Doug Marrone met with the media Thursday and his message was right in line with Brandon and Manuel. Marrone said that the team wanted to see how Manuel responded from his return to practice before making any determinations about which quarterback would be starting on Sunday and that they’ve seen what they needed to see in order to move forward.

“E.J. coming back today wasn’t sore or anything and that’s what we were waiting for,” Marrone said, via the team’s website. “He took the majority of snaps in practice so barring any setbacks I’m planning on him going.”

If Thad Lewis also gets a clean bill of health after missing last week with a rib injury, Marrone said that the team would go with just Manuel and Lewis on the 46-man roster this Sunday. That would leave Jeff Tuel to be inactive a week after getting the start against the Chiefs.

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9 Responses to “Doug Marrone: Plan is for Manuel to start Sunday”
  1. crownofthehelmet says: Nov 7, 2013 2:12 PM

    Save the embarrasment and just sit EJ. Look no further than what the Steelers did to the Jets inexperienced, over-hyped QB. Same recipe on Sunday.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Nov 7, 2013 2:24 PM

    Plan is for Manuel to start the game. Who finishes it is yet to be decided.

  3. billsalldayaday says: Nov 7, 2013 2:50 PM

    The farther away Jeff Tuel is from starting, the better. I am still pissed about that pick 6. Will not forget about that one for a long time.
    EJ is not Geno and will do fine against the Steelers D.

  4. kwickett85 says: Nov 7, 2013 3:08 PM

    Don’t like being the guy to say ‘if’ but if he would have started last week the Bills would have won. I see them making a wild card push towards the end of the year but don’t see them making it. Their remaining schedule is 20-38 or 13-36 if you take out the Patriots game.

  5. steelerfanjo says: Nov 7, 2013 3:11 PM

    Who wouldn’t want to start against my Steelers?

  6. phil954 says: Nov 7, 2013 3:14 PM

    Yeah, that pick 6 with Stevie wide open was VERY frustrating and in my opinion turned the momentum and cost us the game.

  7. idothis2 says: Nov 7, 2013 3:43 PM


    Geno > EJ

  8. wcb1976 says: Nov 7, 2013 4:30 PM

    The Steelers don’t exactly scare anyone these days. It’s a great way to ease EJ back into the lineup- a light weight team like Pittsburgh will be breeze for EJ and company to destroy.

  9. quittsburghstoolers says: Nov 8, 2013 6:44 AM

    This game is a good indicator of just how good (or bad) the Bills are.

    They should win this game easily. If they do then they are a good team on the rise.

    But if the Bills lose to these banjos then they are pretty damn awful.

    If EJ plays and is fairly healthy, the Bills should hang loss #7 on the Steelers without any problem…

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