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Buffalo Bills news, 11/5: EJ Manuel cleared to return

The Buffalo Bills could have their starting quarterback return this week despite a time table that had him weeks from suiting back up.

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EJ Manuel

EJ Manuel "looking forward to getting to practice" -
"The Bills quarterback talks with the media on Monday morning about his knee, being cleared to practice, and providing a spark to the offense."

EJ Manuel fully cleared, could play Sunday -
"He’s looked good the past few weeks rehabbing," said Eric Wood. "He’s got a great attitude. He’s stayed involved the whole time. So if he does come back we’ll be excited. But EJ’s got to do what’s best for him and the trainers will advise him."

Marrone to have Manuel, Lewis as QB options -
The Bills head coach talks about preparing Buffalo's quarterbacks for this week and Nate Hackett's coaching ability.

Inside The Bills | Marrone: EJ has to be 110 percent healthy
"In the back of my mind I’m thinking he needs to be 110 percent and not put a player out there who could jeopardize himself," said Marrone.

Bills’ Manuel could face Steelers; Lewis ready so Flynn cut - Sports - The Buffalo News
"The quarterback said he’ll be ready for as many practice reps as Marrone will give him beginning Wednesday when the team starts preparations for its Week 10 game at the Steelers."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills' Manuel Cleared To Play, Marrone Decision Looming
On Manuel coming back for the Steelers: "Well I think that's what he's working for. He's working to get out there as soon as he can," Fred Jackson said. "We'll see what news we get from him. We haven't heard anything yet. I know he wants to come back, but as far as when, I have no idea."

Manuel must prove mettle when Act 2 starts - Buffalo Bills Blog - ESPN
Mike Rodak: "So now it's time to take the kid gloves off."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Release Matt Flynn, Sign Former 4th Round Pick
"I think I'll wait and see. I know that he's very athletic," he started. "He can help us in the H-back mode and I think that he can also help us on special teams. But I think I'll wait to see what actually happens on the field."

Jeff Tuel's uncommon company among undrafted rookie starters - Bills Blitz
"So for the proper context to underscore Tuel's lack of pedigree and experience, know that he became only the 13th undrafted rookie under 25 years old and not from the strike season to start since the merger."

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Doug Marrone: Monday Press Conference -
"The Bills head coach talks about EJ Manuel being cleared to return to practice, gives an injury update on Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin, and talks about the improved defensive play."

From the booth: Chiefs at Bills -
"Some stray observations from the radio broadcast booth following Sunday’s 23-13 loss to Kansas City." John Murphy notes that Buffalo's penalties are down, among other tidbits.

Bills sign FB Rodriguez; release QB Flynn -
"Rodriguez (6-2, 239) was a former fourth-round pick of the Chicago Bears (2012). The Temple product appeared in 12 games for the Bears as a rookie last season playing mostly on special teams. He had four receptions for 21 yards."

Inside The Bills | A closer look at Bills new FB Rodriguez
"Rodriguez looks athletic in space. The one play where he executes three different blocks on one play to lead the back all the way down the sideline is pretty impressive. He also shows run after catch ability as a receiving target. Rodriguez appears versatile enough to work in an H-back type role."

Inside The Bills | Stevie: Guys better be frustrated
"I think this group is optimistic. I know me for sure I am. I know we look at the schedule and say, ‘We’ve got to make a run here, here, here,’" Johnson said. "It started last week we didn’t get it though. Now we’ve got to go to the next week. Now we’ve got to get Pittsburgh and hopefully we can get those wins to stack and we’ll see where we’re at by the end of the season."

Inside The Bills | Marrone on Goodwin & Woods injuries
"Goodwin has a hamstring. When you have that we’ve just got to get him out on the field and see how he is," said Marrone. "So I don’t really know right now. I’ll know a lot when we get on the field and he can test it."

Inside The Bills | Spiller came through game fine
"I talked to C.J. afterwards and he said he felt good," said Marrone. "The one concern was when someone landed on it how he would feel. He said one of the big defensive tackles landed on it. I told him, ‘Heck if one of their defensive tackles landed on it you should be fine.’"

New Bills fullback Evan Rodriguez has two alcohol-related arrests this year - Press Coverage - The Buffalo News
"Rodriguez was first arrested in March for resisting an officer without violence and disorderly intoxication after a car in which he was a passenger in was involved in a traffic incident in Miami. The charges were eventually dropped. He was also arrested in May for driving under the influence, leading to his release from the Chicago Bears."

Here’s 10 remedies for curing the Bills blues - Sports - The Buffalo News
"Still down about the loss to the Chiefs? Here are 10 reasons to feel good about the Bills as we head into their final eight weeks and seven games:" From Jerry Sullivan, "Dr. Feelgood" himself.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bulldog: WELP?!
"I don't really know what to say here. Welp seems to be the sort of thing fans go with on Twitter when there's just not much more to be said. You can assume a somewhat exasperated yet accepting tone coupled with a shrug of the shoulders That is what welp means. I know, it's not really a word. Don't get too bogged down on the details, I say. That's the kind of game this one was. "

Upon Further Review: Buffalo Bills Week 9 - ESPN
Rodak talked to Nate Hackett about the late fourth down call. He also discusses the pass rushers from both sides, how Doug Marrone defended Stephon Gilmore, and the Chiefs' perspective on the win.

Refocused: Bills vs. Chiefs - Pro Football Focus
"Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good."

For the road

Bills’ fans must be careful what they wish for - Sports - The Buffalo News
The Buffalo News' TV critic writes an editorial on how getting rid of the blackout rule could severely hurt the Bills chances of staying in town with a new owner.