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.