By Sal Capaccio
One day after it was announced EJ Manuel will be the starting quarterback for the Bills Sunday, Tyrod Taylor was not on the practice field with his teammates.
Taylor was listed on the team’s injury report Wednesday with a groin issue, but was a full participant. That’s been the case for the majority of the past month, shortly after he denied an ESPN report that he was dealing with a groin injury.
Interim head coach Anthony Lynn explained Wednesday it was a “business decision” to bench Taylor for team’s finale, adding “we want to look at the depth of our quarterback position. We’re out of the playoffs. So we want to see what these tour two guys can do,” referencing both Manuel and Cardale Jones.
Taylor reportedly has an injury guarantee in his contract that stipulates he gets paid the guaranteed portion of his new extension if he were to be hurt severe enough that the rehab goes into the 2017 league year, beginning in March. That would be the case even if the team ultimately decides between now and then not to exercise the extension.
In the meantime, Manuel and Jones were getting all the reps at the QB spot at practice Thursday:
Video: Cardale Jones to Justin Hunter, then EJ Manuel to Robert Woods. Could be your two active QBs Sunday?! pic.twitter.com/JygFRV6DrN— Sal Capaccio 🏈 (@SalSports) December 29, 2016
The team also had a special guest at practice Thursday when former running back Fred Jackson stopped by:
Fred Jackson is here. Talking with Corey Graham. pic.twitter.com/xHdWgI8YXa— Sal Capaccio 🏈 (@SalSports) December 29, 2016
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