Doug Marrone annoucned Friday that Thad Lewis would start the Bills season finale in New England. Manuel is officially listed as doubtful but will not play.
"The decision with EJ is very simple. Did not progress in the way that I wanted it to," Marrone said. "I give him credit, he’s disappointed. He did everything he could when he was out there. At the end of the day, the decision process was injury related and he was not able to do the things at 100 percent that in my opinion we need to do to win this game. At the end of the day I made a decision not to put him out there for no other reason because I thought Thad would give us the best chance to win this game."
Manuel did make an effort to persuade Marrone otherwise.
"He’s like, ‘I’m ready to go, I’m ready to go. Whatever we have to do, it’s going to continually get better and better'," Marrone said. "When you go out there you see the little things, you see a little bit of the lateral stability not being where I’d like it to be. Really that’s what it came down to. The ability to vertically move is there, it’s the lateral stability which we know he has an LCL that didn’t in my opinion, and obviously we feel our quarterback is going to have to move laterally at some point in this game."
Jeff Tuel will be the backup in New England.
Marrone added that Manuel's injury will not require surgery.
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