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E.J. Manuel out this week, Thad Lewis to start against Dolphins

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Well, that escalated quickly.

Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel was thought to be fine after spraining his knee last week, but won’t play this week because of the injury.

Bills coach Doug Marrone said that backup quarterback Thad Lewis would start this week agains the Dolphins, and that Manuel might return to the lineup next week.

Marrone said Monday that Manuel “should be OK,” but in the two days since, the condition apparently became problematic.

Marrone told reporters that Manuel was limited in practice and could throw from the pocket, but wasn’t able to move around well enough to put him out there. While Marrone said Manuel would not play this week, he expressed confidence in his ability to return for the regular season finale.

You’d think that would be a huge boost for the Dolphins’ playoff chances, but Lewis did beat them there in October.

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28 Responses to “E.J. Manuel out this week, Thad Lewis to start against Dolphins”
  1. cjspiller12 says: Dec 18, 2013 1:51 PM

    Won’t really matter………….Bills Def will beat them.

  2. sketchydave says: Dec 18, 2013 1:57 PM

    Wish we kept fitz. This team overthinks itself over and over again. Would of been a perfect guy for ej to sit behind and learn the mental game which clearly he has been lacking with defenses and reads. I guess there’s always next year

  3. kwickett85 says: Dec 18, 2013 2:01 PM

    You might as well just have him sit out against the Patriots too. Have him go out on a high note from the Jags game and focus on 2014. Road games vs. the Pats usually don’t turn out well.

  4. phinswinafceast says: Dec 18, 2013 2:03 PM

    Does Marrone really think lightning will strike twice when he starts Thad against my fins. That last win was fluky at best, I hope my team is out for revenge this week.

  5. dolphanpete says: Dec 18, 2013 2:05 PM

    Who cares who the QB will be. The Dolphins have the best CB/S in the league in Michael Thomas. This guy has won defensive player of the week every week he has ever played and has never left a game without at least 1 game saving interception. Bills better start game planning for him. May I recommend throwing to the other side of the field where Brent Grimes is?

  6. miamatt says: Dec 18, 2013 2:09 PM

    Dolphins need to bring their “A” game no matter who plays. Traveling to a division opponent who is looking to play spoiler is rarely easy.

  7. finz4eva says: Dec 18, 2013 2:13 PM

    Not this time. The Bills are right where they belong, in last place LOL!

  8. butterstone84 says: Dec 18, 2013 2:17 PM

    As a dolphins fan i never underestimate the Bills. They always play tough football especially at home.

  9. calhounlambeau says: Dec 18, 2013 2:18 PM

    “Marrone told reporters that Manuel was limited in practice and could throw from the pocket, but wasn’t able to move around well enough to put him out there.” Mike Shanahan disagrees with that statement.

  10. eroschmidt says: Dec 18, 2013 2:22 PM

    This is EJ Manuels THIRD knee injury this year. Swelling, both knees have been affected. I think we need to add another QB in the draft this coming April, the position is too important to worry about his knees holding up for 16 games….

  11. captcrunch5019 says: Dec 18, 2013 2:31 PM

    Now that Tannehill learned to play and WIN in the snow, the Phins should be favored over the Bills. This being a Division game nothing is for sure.

    GO PHINS!

  12. iammrbinky says: Dec 18, 2013 2:33 PM

    The Dolphins were far more responsible for beating themselves than Thad Lewis was the first time they met.

  13. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Dec 18, 2013 2:38 PM

    Would’ve been better if it was Thad Castle

  14. shackdelrio says: Dec 18, 2013 2:41 PM

    As a huge FSU fan, I was stunned Manuel was a first round pick.

    While has the physical tools you look for, he had two big negatives while at FSU. He was inconsistent and injury prone. So far in his rookie year, he has been inconsistent and injury prone.

  15. dxh02 says: Dec 18, 2013 2:54 PM

    Addition by subtraction

  16. Ihateflorio says: Dec 18, 2013 2:58 PM

    This gives them a better chance. Thad is a better QB, at least right now. The Bills looked at their sharpest this year with Thad at the helm.

    Im not a fan of either team, but I cant help but laugh at Dolphins fans talking trash about the Bills being in last and standing no chance. The Bills historically, even in the midst of their struggles in recent years, never seem to have problems beating the Dolphins. And the Dolphins have been at the basement of the division right next to the Bills, with the exception fo this year and 2008. So let’s not get too ahead of yourselves Fins fans.

  17. unclebluck says: Dec 18, 2013 2:59 PM

    Dolphins fans seem to think their team is much better than what it really is….I’ll take my Bills at home 35 degrees and windy……oh yea!

  18. pftfan says: Dec 18, 2013 3:05 PM

    You can’t spell BUST without the letters E & J.

  19. mackcarrington says: Dec 18, 2013 3:11 PM

    This upcoming off-season, Manuel needs to hire a good personal trainer to get himself physically stronger, and hire himself one of those so-called “Quarterback Gurus” to refine his mechanics. I would strongly recommend these things to him.
    I have criticized him strongly, but I know he’s just a rookie who has missed a lot of important time this season. I haven’t given up on him yet.

  20. 23rdusernameused says: Dec 18, 2013 3:11 PM

    EJ Glass

  21. igotgamenj says: Dec 18, 2013 3:18 PM

    35 Degrees in Buffalo in late Dec is like a heat wave

  22. mrsmell says: Dec 18, 2013 3:42 PM

    If it were not for Buffalo being small market, EJ would have never survived the train plowing him this year. Good luck EJ, 2015 NFL draft is not your friend.

  23. misteranderson41 says: Dec 18, 2013 3:48 PM

    to quote the always quotable samuel l. jackson….’they call me mister glass!!’

    i hope whaley is humble enough to not double down on a mistake….and draft another qb this year

  24. finsblood13 says: Dec 18, 2013 4:18 PM

    Fins are playoff bound!!

  25. corkspop says: Dec 18, 2013 4:34 PM

    Need to use that first round pick on a LT to protect the QB. And, need to make sure that the 2nd string QB gets lots of reps through the season with the starters.

  26. therealraider says: Dec 18, 2013 4:35 PM

    Brett Favre = Ironman … E.J Manuel = Mr. Glass

  27. dwwlax says: Dec 18, 2013 4:46 PM

    Buffalo has a very good left tackle , they need to draft a guard in the draft

  28. Corey Jeppesen says: Dec 19, 2013 4:03 AM

    Knee J Manuel

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