Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) -- The Buffalo Bills finally got quarterback Thad Lewis back on the practice field on Friday in Orchard Park, but it wasn't enough to convince head coach Doug Marrone just yet that he would be able to start.
Following the session, Marrone officially designated Lewis as doubtful for Sunday's home contest against the Kansas City Chiefs. The quarterback has been dealing with sore ribs since the Bills' 35-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
"Really with Thad, we're really going to take a good look later on this afternoon," the head coach said Friday. "It's just to see where he is, really. We're going to have discussions this afternoon and tomorrow, if Thad can't go -- which quarterback gives us the best chance to win. So that's really not finalized in our minds. Those discussions will be myself, Nathaniel Hackett and Doug Whaley in what we're doing."
At it's core, the 'doubtful' tag means the player has no more than a 25-percent chance to play in the upcoming game. But Marrone still left the window open for Lewis to come back and play.
"Really just being able to turn and throw is the one thing," he said. "And that's the one thing that's holding him back is begin able to turn his torso and throw… and that's it. If he can get by that, then he'll be able to play."
Throughout the week, Marrone had said how Lewis does at practice on Friday would help determine whether or not he would play on Sunday. After not doing much, the coach left himself some wiggle room if the quarterback can turn it around over the weekend.
"He did not practice and throw the football all the way up until Friday at this time," Marrone said. "He may throw the football [Friday] afternoon and may throw it two training sessions [Saturday] and have one pre game. So I think we can catch him up to do that."
If Lewis cannot play, it will either be undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel or veteran Matt Flynn getting the start under center. Marrone admitted that Tuel had gotten the majority of the first-team repetitions during Friday's practice.
The Bills also released the rest of their injury report. Quarterback EJ Manuel (knee) has been ruled out of this weekend's game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Wide receiver Chris Hogan (back) is questionable.
Running back C.J. Spiller (ankle), running back Fred Jackson (knee), linebacker Manny Lawson (hamstring), defensive lineman Kyle Williams (Achilles), defensive end Mario Williams (hip), wide receiver Stevie Johnson (hip flexor), right guard Kraig Urbik (knee), wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (elbow) and cornerback Brandon Smith (illness) are all probable.
The Bills and the Chiefs square off at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday at 1 pm.
Concentrate on QB that can throw deep and hopefully not injury prone?
for the lack of confidence or just plain stupidity Marrone will make it hard for whichever QB starts- one Qb should have been given full reps to be prepared as much as possible- if the Bills win? it will be because the QB that plays will play hard game and a lucky one- if they lose? it will just confirm that Marrone knew he has no support of his starting QB- maybe Hackett can throw in a few trick plays that will confuse the Chiefs? or the Bills starting QB
I say it's just about time to take the skirt off of EJ Manuel and get him in there. This guy didn't even get hit on the knee, it didn't buckle or twist and he had no ligament damage. On top of that it has been a month now since it happened. Stevie, Fred and Thad have showed how tough they are getting it done pain or not. EJ needs to be the leader and get in there and do the same.
I'm doubtful I can watch the game
I got pink eye. The excuses keep mounting at One Bills Drive.
Bills had better draft another QB this coming draft.
I keep hearing the Bills will not draft a qb in the upcoming draft. They're stuck in the same losing idea that you just get one qb and ride him for 3 or 4 years then try another one. That's probably why they haven't seen the playoffs in over a decade. How much more painfully obvious can it be that you need more than one hopeful at QB? Even if manuel turns out to be a great QB (and he hasn't shown much in the games he's played in my opinion...), he's clearly not invulnerable to injury - in fact it sure looks like he's a bit fragile. If he goes down again, or turns out to not be a very good qb, wouldn't it be nice to have a top ranked hopeful qb on the roster that your own team drafted, rather than raiding the discard piles of garbage teams like the browns? And lets say by the end of next year the bills coaches decide that manuel isn't the guy - you'd have this new qb fully integrated into your system after learning from the sidelines for a year. And this draft supposedly is deep at qb. If the bills really want to change their fortunes, they'll stop being the bills and do something different, like stocking their team with SEVERAL qbs that they realistically believe can be franchise qbs.
Waste of time
What good is this comment section when you guys don't post any of them???
Keep K.C. guessing..........
I agree with how the Coach is handling it. In the mean time, get all three ready and hope that Thad can play at least a couple of series.