Aug 29, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Thad Lewis (9) passes the ball against the Detroit Lions during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
The Buffalo Bills are dealing with some uncertainty at quarterback, and with rookie EJ Manuel sidelined for several weeks with a right knee injury, they’ll start Thad Lewis at quarterback on Sunday against the Bengals, coach Doug Marrone told WGR 550 in Buffalo on Monday.
Lewis was previously acquired in a trade with the Detroit Lions this preseason after Manuel underwent surgery on his left knee. Lewis, who went undrafted out of Duke in 2010, made his only career start last season for the Cleveland Browns.
This means the Bills are bypassing on giving undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel a chance to start, who replaced Manuel in Thursday night’s loss to the Browns and went 8/20 passing for 80 yards and an interception that was returned for a touchdown.
Don’t be surprised if the Bengals see both QBs play at some point during next Sunday’s game. It’s a big game for the Bills, given that they’re 2-3 and playing a 3-2 Bengals team they could theoretically be battling for a Wild Card playoff spot.