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Posted: Friday, 08 November 2013 12:47PM

Bills' Manuel to start, Lawson suddenly questionable



Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550)  -- The Buffalo Bills will officially get the return of their franchise quarterback on Sunday. There were no setbacks throughout the three days of practice so when the Bills take the field in Pittsburgh, EJ Manuel will be the man under center.

Head coach Doug Marrone officially listed Manuel as probable for the game against the Steelers, saying the rookie quarterback is "good to go." This is the quarterback's first game back since suffering a sprained LCL in his right knee against Cleveland in Week Five of the season.

The Bills will also likely have wide receiver Marquise Goodwin available for their upcoming game, who received the 'probable' tag as well. A hamstring kept the wideout from practicing on Wednesday, but he returned to work on a limited basis on Thursday and then practiced in full Friday.

The two big concerns for the Bills in their next contest will be the availability of linebacker Manny Lawson and wide receiver Robert Woods.

Lawson missed Friday's practice to due a non-injury related matter. Marrone said after practice that it was a personal matter that the linebacker is dealing with, and he was excused from the session. He's listed as questionable for the Pittsburgh game, but the head coach would not commit to Lawson traveling with the team just yet.

Woods missed all three days of practice with a left ankle injury, but still will make the trip to Pittsburgh just in case. His official designation is 'doubtful,' meaning he has at most a 25-percent chance of playing.

Quarterback Thad Lewis (ribs) and defensive lineman Kyle Williams (Achilles) each were full participants on Friday and are probable to play against the Steelers.

Twitter: @JoeBuscaglia

All photos courtesy of AP
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