faba Posted August 26, 2013 Share Posted August 26, 2013 By Mike Rodak | ESPN.com 1K 228 226 EMAIL PRINT The Buffalo Bills plan on starting undrafted rookie quarterback Jeff Tuel in their regular-season opener if EJ Manuel cannot play, coach Doug Marrone said Monday. The Bills host the New England Patriots in their opener on Sept. 8. If Tuel does indeed start for the Bills in Week 1, he will become the first undrafted rookie quarterback in the common draft era (since 1967) to start a season opener, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Manuel remains sidelined after undergoing a minor procedure on his left knee last week. Marrone said that while he hopes the 16th overall pick will be ready to play in Week 1, the team will make preparations for Tuel to start. Tuel went 10-for-17 for 63 yards in Saturday's preseason loss to the Washington Redskins, replacing Kevin Kolb, who left with a concussion that now has him sidelined indefinitely. The Bills are proceeding as though Kolb's concussion, which was termed "serious," could be career-ending, a league source told ESPN. Kolb will undergo a battery of tests, and the Bills do not want to rush him back even if he can continue his career, the source said. The Bills signed free-agent quarterback Matt Leinart and traded with the Detroit Lions for quarterback Thad Lewis on Sunday. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter contributed to this report. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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