Manuel expects to be ready to start against Steelers

Getty Images

The Bills are clearly expecting a seamless transition for rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel, and he’s giving no indication that he’s worried either.

After practicing for the first time since his Oct. 3 knee injury, Manuel said he’s ready to get back on the field Sunday against the Steelers.

“It felt pretty good,” Manuel said, via Sal Maiorana of the Rochester Democract & Chronicle. “I was able to get out there with the 1’s for a lot of reps and it felt good. I definitely feel like I can go, I feel confident going into Sunday. I was pushing off on it fine, and running around making plays. I expect to go back in and make plays.”

Coach Doug Marrone, perhaps still waiting to see where his dog comes down on the matter, said he wanted to wait before making a final call, but was hopeful he’d have both Manuel and Thad Lewis (who missed last week because of injured ribs) available.

“He wasn’t limping or anything,” Marrone said of Manuel. “From the standpoint of being healthy he’s fine, so now we’re just trying to get him back. I know he’s worked extremely hard. For me, I’m happy to see him out there.”

With the way the revolving door has been spinning for the Bills at quarterback this year, even slowing it down for a moment would be a relief.