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Posted: Sunday, 25 August 2013 7:59PM

Report: Bills' Manuel "on track" for Week 1 start



(WGR 550) -- With the flurry of activity surrounding the quarterback position on the Buffalo Bills roster this weekend, perhaps a ray of light for the team and their fans is growing brighter. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Bills first-round pick and rookie quarterback EJ Manuel is "on track" to start Week 1 against the New England Patriots.

Manuel suffered a knee injury during the team's second preseason game, a home contest against Minnesota, and had to have a minor procedure done to repair it. Before this report, Head Coach Doug Marrone has publicly stated that the team is hopeful that Manuel would be back in time for the start of the regular season, but haven't offered an exact timetable of the rookie's return.

If Manuel is able to come back for the first week of the season, it would be a considerable upgrade to what the Bills might have had to do because of the recent concussion suffered by Kevin Kolb. According to Tim Graham of The Buffalo News, Kolb's injury could be one that is career-threatening.

If Manuel and Kolb both weren't able to play, the Bills would likely start undrafted free agent rookie Jeff Tuel, and have him backed up by the recently signed Matt Leinart. The team also acquired quarterback Thad Lewis from the Lions.

The Bills have yet to make any official declarations on either of their top two quarterbacks to this point in time. The team gets back on the practice field on Monday at One Bills Drive.

Twitter: @JoeBuscaglia

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