Bills QB Manuel out for Sunday

Updated: December 18, 2013

Orchard Park, NY ( – Buffalo Bills starting quarterback EJ
Manuel will not play in Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins due to a
sprained left knee he sustained in the team’s most recent outing.

Head coach Doug Marrone told reporters Wednesday that Thad Lewis will start
the Bills’ Week 16 matchup with the Dolphins with rookie Jeff Tuel serving as
the backup.

Manuel is still dealing with significant swelling in the knee, which he
injured during Sunday’s 27-20 win at Jacksonville but was able to finish out
the contest

“We were not able to get that swelling to respond with the treatments the way
we wanted,” said Marrone. “We went out there today — I think you saw, you saw
him where he’s able to throw the ball in the pocket, but the stability in that
knee with the swelling, he does not have the escapability or the ability to
run after the fake or zone read or those type of things that we feel is
important for us to win.”

This will be the second time Manuel has been sidelined this season with a knee
problem. The 2013 first-round pick missed four consecutive games, including
the Bills’ 23-21 win over Miami on Oct. 20, after spraining his right knee in
early October.

Lewis made his second career start in that Week 7 clash with the Dolphins and
completed 21-of-32 passes for 202 yards and an interception.

Marrone also said he expects Manuel to be healthy for Buffalo’s Dec. 29 season
finale at New England.