Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) -- While Thad Lewis has been getting all the work at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills over the past few weeks, rookie quarterback EJ Manuel has been silently waiting in the wings rehabbing his knee injury. With how his head coach spoke about it on Monday, Manuel's status has been thrust back into the spotlight.
"He's gonna ramp it up this week," head coach Doug Marrone told reporters. "He will be working extremely hard this week."
Manuel's original diagnosis as of October 16 was that he would miss an additional four-to-six weeks of action with an LCL sprain that he suffered in Week Five against Cleveland. With a bye set for Week 12, that timetable would put him on track to return either in Week 11 at home against the New York Jets, or in Week 13 in Toronto against the Atlanta Falcons.
Past the idea of his quarterback being expected to "ramp it up," Marrone would not go into any further detail of what that could mean for the short-term in a practice setting.
"And I can't answer the question, 'Is he gonna be practicing or not?'" he said. "I don't want to get into that and have it explode, but he's going to be working extremely hard to a level of a great stage for where we should be."
The head coach did concede that since they were heightening his workload this coming week, that he is getting closer to a potential return to practice. In his time away from practice, Manuel has been doing some cardio and strength work to prepare for the time in which doctors cleared him to return.
Ahead of the team's most recent game against the New Orleans Saints, Manuel was on the field throwing the ball to rookie wide receiver Marquise Goodwin. The quarterback was merely standing in place, and did not drop back and plant off his back leg (the right leg, which is injured) to throw.
The Bills resume practice on Wednesday in preparation for a contest with the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs. Buffalo is 1-2 without Manuel as their quarterback.
Will we ever find out if E.J.Manual is the future or not? For sure not yet, not letting him throw deep and injuries keeping him off the field? Is he or is he not the Bills future hope?
Ramp Up What ?
Marone likes to hear himself talk. He often says a whole lot of nothing.
hurray please get back
dont want to rush you back to fast though. how bad can it get. we got a young coach, young players, new defense, with new coaches on both side of the ball. and they are still fighting for wins. if that isnt a sign that things are going forward. than looksome of the other teams that are 1 and 6 or who were in the playoffs last year. and see what you see. than compare.
This team is like a T.V. Soap Opera
14 years and still counting! SAME OLE, same ole, Same Ole. Different actors, same boring scenes, and results! We could always make up some new excuses, but I think we/you have used them all up the past 13-14 years. WHY?
What's up with the studio?
2 Sunday's ago the post games hosts played locker room interview with Super Mario from after the game the week before. Of course they didnt grasp what was happening. Too busy admiring themselves I guess. This week 20 minutes of being rude to callers was played on a loop without an apology or explanation. Who is running the show there?? You're terrible.
Actually, the vast majority of the population, myself included, support rude treatment of drunks. I am thankful they try to keep the idiot factor to a minimum. the whiner line is bad enough, and more airtime than they should probably receive.
Re: @What's up with the studio
Notice who does that show? It's Mister Arrogance himself along with his drunken sidekick. Shlopp and Lazy Lakes Drunkard. The same douches that air 4 - 7 during the week. How they get to do the post game show, I don't know. They're bothidiots and unlistenable. Howard Simon should get that slot doing post game and all by himself. Bring back the Empire days.
Re:@ What's up...
I listen quite a bit. Only game in town I guess. The hosts treat people the same way, regardless of sobriety, 6 days a week. They're rude, unprofessional and ill-informed. I travel all over the country with my job and I'm always listening to local sports talk. These two clowns are the worst I've ever heard. WGR would struggle to find sponsorship if Buffalo had another sports outlet.
based on the fact that regularly misrepresent yourself here, and I imagine other places (agreeing with your own posts to give the illusion that your tripe is the opinion of many), the frequency of your posts, I doubt the "job" part and "travel" part of your a lot. Seeing how it is unlikely your paid to read, comment on here and many other websites, how much time could you spend doing whatever work it is your "job" pays you to do? The ends justify the means right? If you continue to listen to this station and comment so frequently when you have such a severe disdain, you either have nothing better to do or some kind of severe addiction issues. Maybe both. It definitely implies some sort of mental illness. I guess you could be so deluded that you have convinced yourself you could do better, which leads you to envy, and either way, you have too much time on your hands.
How sad it must be that you feel the need to pretend you're a listener defending these idiots on the air. I did write in a while ago asking WGR to, not only show some guts, but to actually take interest in the our wants and have a listener poll in regard to how happy we are with the same old hosts and their same old boring nonsense. Apparently they don't believe enough in the staff to do so. I guess having the staff playing make believe as loyal listeners is managements solution to the barrage of complaints they receive on a daily basis. Good luck with your career pal. You're doing a great job.
I'm sure it's only one person.
How can more than one listener not like GR's hall of fame line up?