The Bills said that undrafted free agent quarterback Jeff Tuel would start Week 1 ... if E.J. Manuel wasn't ready.
Well, now that Manuel is back at practice, what does that mean for the Bills' opening day plans?
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Manuel, who had minor knee surgery after the team's second preseason game, was back on the field Sunday.
The Bills aren't going to rush Manuel back if he's not ready. He's too valuable, for this season and beyond. Manuel and Tuel are the only quarterbacks on the active roster after Kevin Kolb went to injured reserve because of a concussion. Manuel was a first-round pick, and the Bills don't want to put their hopeful franchise quarterback in harm's way. So just because Manuel was back to practice doesn't mean he'll play the opener against the Patriots. And, Mike Rodak of ESPN reported that Manuel's participation, during the period the media could watch, was only in "low-intensity warm-up drills."
However, it's certainly a great sign.
Marrone: EJ did individual but not team work today. "He looked good and we were excited about it. We'll see how it goes later this week"
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) September 1, 2013
Marrone: EJ is ahead of schedule. Decision coming Wednesday on who will start between he and Jeff Tuel. — Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) September 1, 2013
With a good week of practice one would assume the Bills would have to give serious consideration to giving Manuel the start. There will be plenty of interest in how Manuel responds over the next week.