Practice squader Thad Lewis will start at quarterback for Buffalo Bills against Bengals

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Buffalo Bills backup Jeff Tuel played so poorly this past week, coach Doug Marrone will not waste his time by throwing the undrafted rookie back out there again.

Instead, Marrone announced Thad Lewis would start against the Cincinnati Bengals while a guest on WGR 550 in Buffalo on Monday, according to ESPN. Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel is expected to miss several weeks with a knee injury, and Lewis, who spent the first five weeks of the season on the practice squad, will be signed to the active roster.

Tuel stepped in for Manuel against the Cleveland Browns this past week and completed 8-of-20 passes for 80 yards, including an interception that was returned for a touchdown to seal Buffalo’s 37-24 loss.

The Detroit Lions claimed Lewis off waivers earlier this year to compete with Kellen Moore for the team's third quarterback job. Buffalo acquired Lewis through a trade after Kevin Kolb sustained a potentially career-ending concussion injury prior to this season.

Lewis, who went undrafted out of Duke in 2010, started in one game for Cleveland last year and completed 22-of-32 passes for 204 yards, one touchdown and one interception (sacked three times) in his only career start.

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