Rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel will not be playing for Buffalo this weekend, as he was limited in practice this week, because of a knee injury. Thad Lewis will get the start instead, and this will be his second straight start for the Bills, as last week he led them to a 19-0 win over the Dolphins.
Michael Rodak, of ESPN, reports what coach Doug Marrone had to say on the subject.
“[He] did not progress the way that I wanted it to. I give him credit. He’s disappointed. He did everything he could when he was out there,” Marrone said. “At the end of the day, the decision process was injury-related, meaning that he was not able to do the things at 100 percent that in my opinion we need to do to win this game.”
As Rodak mentions in this piece, Lewis is 2-2 as a starter this year, and while Manuel is definitely a much better option at quarterback, I think that Lewis will prove to be a tough challenge for the Patriots. The Bills come into this game with the second ranked rushing attack in the NFL, and slowing that down will be the biggest problem for New England. This running game makes Lewis’ job much easier, although if the recently stout Patriots run defense is able to neutralize their ground attack, then Lewis could be in some trouble.