E.J. Manuel not throwing yet

The Buffalo Bills need first-round quarterback E.J. Manuel to practice by Wednesday next week in order to play against the New England Patriots, otherwise they will be forced to start a different rookie quarterback in undrafted free agent Jeff Tuel. Although the Bills are plenty high on Tuel after a big preseason thus far, it’s not ideal to throw a UDFA QB into the fire, especially one who couldn’t hold onto the Washington State Cougars starting gig in college. I like Tuel, but the Bills have to clearly rather have Manuel starting against a rival and contender in the Patriots.

Buffalo Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel (3) drops back to pass against the Minnesota Vikings during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Vikings 20-16. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

According to the Buffalo News, E.J. Manuel has not begun throwing yet, and he is still rehabbing following surgery. He will still need to practice at least three times before the Patriots game, but it looks like Manuel could be on track for that. Even though the Bills will likely slow things down in an effort not to rush their long-term investment at QB, there is still plenty of hope and a chance of Manuel playing behind center in the opener. While the Bills stated they are planning on starting Tuel, Bills head coach Doug Marrone seems to believe that Manuel has a pretty good chance of being healthy enough to play.

Manuel quickly began rehabbing following knee surgery on the 18th, and the fact that he hasn’t started throwing yet tells us that he’s still rehabbing (the Buffalo News termed it as “working out”). The clear plan made by the Buffalo Bills is to have E.J. Manuel practice three times before playing, and it appears that they are comfortable with playing Jeff Tuel for a game if Manuel can’t. It’s a very fluid and vexing issue, and you can’t help but feel bad for the Bills right now.



Topics: Buffalo Bills, E.J. Manuel, Jeff Tuel

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  • chas territo

    EJ will play! The alternative is our 1st loss of the season! That is my opinion as I see the other (Tuel) guy not nearly good enough to win, let alone against the Pats! Looking good to better in all the camps is nice, but when he comes into a game, off the bench or otherwise, he must play like he actually knows what he is doing!! As evidenced by his appearance against the Redskins showed, we have no game winning, do it Quarterback in Jeff Tuel!! Did he look even average in that game? NO, he looked like a deer caught in the headlights, confused and ran scared!! He made rookie mistakes and not just a few either! It is not( trite, over used) TUEL TIME and not sure if it will ever be!! GO BILLS!!

    • davidmuscalo

      Makes a lot sense, better to start a guy who is injury prone (he couldn’t even get through two games without coming up lane) and likely to get injured again than to start a healthy promising rookie.

      • chas territo

        If your talking about Kolb, you are not on my point. If your talking about Manuel you missed the point. It is not a problem to disagree, BUT if you are not clear… WHAT’S your POINT?? EJ, is not injury prone! Why you say what you said is a ball of confusion. If you want to debate me about my OPINION(do you understand the difference between opinion and stated fact?), then bring it. plus, be respectful, debating is people on opposing sides of an issue(s) that use words in a respectful and mature manner. Most important is the ability to be literate and able to speak in a senseful manner. so, bring it, follow common courtesy and let’s debate this!? GO BILLS!!

        • davidmuscalo

          If Manuel is not injury prone, then why is he injured? He hasn’t played one down in a regular season game and he has suffered a knee injury. Worse yet, there is talk that he could start next week.

          He has been promoted by the Bills management as the future Bills quarterback who will lead this team into the playoffs. If one believes this, then why would one risk his future and that to the team by rushing his rehab so that he can play in a game against a team that owns the Bills. He could very likely be injured again and lost for most if not all of the season. If this is a “ball of confusion”, I am sorry for you my friend.

          • chas territo

            David, EJ injury prone?? Wow, right off the bat you write as if you know something nobody does?? Have you,1st, looked at his college career? As far as being a pro, he missed 2 pre-season games with a knee drain and a cortisone shot, a shot that affects any player differently. In EJ’s case it took a bit of time, some come back in a day or three, others like EJ longer. Too my 1st point, college he missed no games because of injury, none, zero or if it makes it easier, here is a simple math problem, solve it and you might get more respect from others as well as me 0•0=?? If you can do the multiplication, the answer is exactly how many College games he’s missed because of injury! If you find it unsolvable write back and I’ll give you the answer or MAYBE not. As of now, your debate skills are lacking due diligence. GO BILLS!!

          • davidmuscalo

            He missed no game in college because of injury, but he has missed two games in the pro’s because of injury. Case Closed.

          • chas territo

            I am done arguing with you! All I’ll say is, wait for it, it’s coming, almost there, wait…. Wait, oomph yeah, almost, closer, closer…. It is, ooh, ah, here…yes, you don’t get the injury story for players anywhere, density M- A. S. s, YOU. Bye buy since with a few cents you found in your gutter/house!!!! BAMmmmmm GO BILLS!!

  • NWBill

    I’d rather go ahead and lose the first game if it meant this kid got more time to heal properly and be ready for the rest of the season. This first game is going to be TOUGH no matter who starts, and who plays …. which is why we all need to ratchet back on the pressure put on EJ to play ASAP. It’s CRUCIAL that he take over the reins at the RIGHT time and in the RIGHT way in order for he and this team to succeed. Let’s do this right, Buffalo!

  • davidmuscalo

    It is patently stupid to even consider starting Manuel against New England. Even if he could start, he wouldn’t finish. I think he should sit out at least the first three games of the season. Starting him sooner will only shatter his confidence and invite injury.

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