Bills QB Manuel to start Sunday

November 8 - The Sports Xchange

Rookie EJ Manuel, who has missed the past four games because of knee injury, will be the Buffalo Bills starting quarterback on Sunday, coach Doug Marrone said during a radio interview on Friday.

Marrone told Buffalo station WGR-AM that Manuel will be the starter against the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend.

Manuel hasn't played since suffering an LCL injury in his right knee in the October 3 game against the Cleveland Browns.

Manuel practiced on a limited basis last week, but has been doing everything in practice this week.

"He's done a very good job," Marrone told the team's offical website Friday. "It was a challenge for him not being out there for four weeks. So we worked very hard on the mental aspect and the preparation aspect. He did a great job of that. He came out there this week and had a good week of practice. So we're excited about putting him back out there on the field."

The Bills went 1-3 during Manuel's absence, with Thad Lewis and then Jeff Tuel starting those four games.

The Bills were 2-2 in the games Manuel started and finished and lost the game against the Browns when Manuel was injured.

Manuel has completed 56.7 percent of passes this season with five touchdowns and three interceptions.

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