Bayside grad QB EJ Manuel to start for Bills against Patriots

Bayside grad QB EJ Manuel to start for Bills against Patriots

Credit: ABC radio

Bayside grad QB EJ Manuel to start for Bills against Patriots

Print
Email
|

Associated Press

Posted on September 4, 2013 at 9:32 AM

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone says rookie quarterback EJ Manuel will be his starter in opening the season against New England on Sunday.

Manuel was an All-American and graduated from Bayside High School in Va. Beach.

Marrone made the announcement in a one-sentence release issued by the team Wednesday morning. Manuel is the Bills' first-round draft pick who has been recovering from a left knee injury sustained in a 20-16 preseason win over Minnesota on Aug. 16.

He missed two weeks before returning to practice on Sunday.

Marrone indicated he wanted to have his starter in place by practice Wednesday.

Had Manuel not been ready, the Bills would have turned to undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel to start.

Manuel, selected 16th overall out of Florida State, was the only quarterback taken in the first round of the draft.

AP-WF-09-04-13 1243GMT

Print
Email
|