The Buffalo Bills can rightfully wonder what would have happened had rookie quarterback EJ Manuel not injured his knee at Cleveland on Oct. 3.
Early in the season, they barely lost to New England and beat Carolina when Manuel was starting at quarterback.
They lost a winnable game at Cleveland when Manuel suffered a knee injury. They lost to the Bengals in overtime without Manuel, and completely outplayed the 9-0 Chiefs last week, but lost after undrafted rookie quarterback Jeff Tuel had a horrible interception that the Chiefs returned 100 yards for a touchdown.
Manuel returns this week, and while the 3-6 Bills can think about what might have been, they might be very dangerous the rest of the season.
Manuel, the Bills' first-round pick in what's looking like a fantastic draft class, missed four full games with the injury and most of the Browns game. The Bills went 1-4 in those games.
Manuel was cleared to return to practice this week and the team announced Friday he will start against the Steelers this week.
It might be too late for the Bills to rally and make the playoffs in 2013, but with Manuel back they can start to build for what might be an interesting 2014.
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