Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) -- On Monday, the Buffalo Bills made the decision to sign quarterback Matt Flynn to the active roster. The signing was not influenced by the injury to quarterback Thad Lewis, however.
Meeting with the media a day after their 27-24 overtime loss to Cincinnati, head coach Doug Marrone revealed that both the X-rays and the MRI on Lewis' injured right foot have come back negative.
"We're going to list him day-to-day because we have to," Marrone said. "I feel good about him being able to play on Sunday."
Lewis was spotted in the locker room after the game with a walking boot on his foot. Now that Flynn is on the active roster and last week's starter seems likely to play, the Bills will try to get their new signee up to speed as quickly as possible.
The head coach didn't necessarily rule him out of being the backup to Lewis on Sunday in Miami.
"It all depends on how fast we can get him ready," Marrone replied. "But if not, Jeff [Tuel] will be in there playing and Matt will be backing him up."
Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel has taken a step forward in his efforts to get back on the playing field. The Bills kept him away from strenuous activities since his injury occurred on October 3, but Manuel is likely to start the on-field portion of rehab on Tuesday.
Marrone believes the rookie quarterback is "ahead of schedule," but the Bills have yet to provide a timetable for his return. The coach believes once Manuel starts the rehab process and they evaluate him, they can start to get a firm schedule as to when he may be back for practice.
To make room for the addition of Flynn on the roster, the Bills elected to place rookie safety Johnathan Meeks on Injured Reserve with the designation to return with an ankle injury. With the rules in place, the earliest Meeks can return to the team is for Buffalo's Week 15 matchup in Jacksonville. He must sit for a minimum of eight weeks.
The Bills seem to be getting healthier everywhere else. Outside linebacker Manny Lawson left the Bengals game with a hamstring injury, but Marrone said that there are no lingering problems and made it sound as though Lawson would be ready to play against the Dolphins in Week Seven.
Wide receiver Stevie Johnson (back), cornerback Ron Brooks (foot), cornerback Stephon Gilmore (wrist) and running back C.J. Spiller (ankle) are all on the mend from their respective injuries. Only Johnson and Brooks missed the Cincinnati game because of the injury, but the head coach said they feel good about the progress of all four players.
The Bills travel to Miami this weekend to take on the Dolphins on Sunday.
Your routing for Thad Lewis to be healthy enough to start on Sunday
Things are looking up
I know it's another loss; but overall I see a Bills team that is making progress. So far we have been in every game this year including the Pats and Cincinnati, two playoff caliber teams. And we have also had good victory against Baltimore, another possible playoff team. We just need to learn how to start winning these games. But, we are headed in the right direction. We probably aren't making the playoff this year, but given another draft to bolster our OL and our secondary and that could be the push we need to get in the mix. After all, who really expected a playoff run this year with all the new parts on this team? Go Bills.
Consider the source
OMG I wish people on this site (and it's not just this post) could spell or write coherently. Tough to take you seriously if you're an idiot!
please do not play Tuel!
We need to just release Tuel as no team is going to pick him up. We are a train wreck with him at QB and Marrone just needs to say he screwed up with him and let him go. I really do like the Flynn signing as he will make a good solid insurance qb for us. In speaking to some Packers fans I know very well, they say we got a good one. It will be nice for EJ to come back with Flynn the back up and ewis on the PS.
Where do I buy tickets?
any player is as good depending on the team he signs with that will use his abilities and in timing- Seahawks QB- 49er's QB-Tom Brad Pats? that is why the Billls r so messed up? their offense is geared toward a mobile QB so why sign a pocket passer in Flynn? or keep Tuel(pocket passer) Lewis was a good choice since he is like EJ- mobile
Has Anyone Noticed....
...this is the second year in a row the Bills have played an inordinate amount of games vs. teams coming off their bye week. In the next two games (at Miami and New Orleans) the Bills will get opponents playing at home after a week of rest. A few weeks from now it will be the same thing when the Bills host the Jets. Last season it was, I believe, four such occurances. Not sure how much the league's schedule makers pay attention to such things, or if the Bills complain to the league at all about it, but it would seem to be a decided disadvantage for a road team to play a team at home, coming off a bye. Maybe someone sharp at GR can do the research and come up with a won-lost record for such scenarios the last few seasons around the NFL.
Re: Has anyone noticed...
Excellent point but your search for someone sharp at GR will prove to be a waste of time. Now if you want to have a hardy laugh over a candy or cereal draft these are the boys for you!My favorite segment is "Whaddya watching on TV tonight Bulldog?" PURE. SPORTS. ENTERTAINMENT.
@Has Anyone Noticed
I can't remember where I read it, but the Bills have the most difficult schedule when it comes to playing teams coming off byes or Thursday games. It does seem the schedulers are making the schedule exceptionally hard for the Bills and exceptionally easy for teams playing them. What's up NFL schedulers??? Also WGR needs to get with the 21st century and connect through facebook so we can actually see our comments and interact with others. This website really S U C K S.
How about someone ask?
If they were not going to spend Fitz 7 million this year then why in the heck would they have his cap hit 7 million next year and not this year? Again why would they have his cap hit of 7 million hit next year and not this year? Joke of a franchise.