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Buffalo Bills news, 11/7: Doug Marrone not ready to commit to E.J. Manuel against Pittsburgh Steelers

The Buffalo Bills head coach isn't quite ready to say E.J. Manuel will play Sunday - but his boss did.


Bills Hall of Famer DeLamielleure confirms brain damage - City & Region - The Buffalo News

"If you played football in my era, and you played as long as I played," DeLamielleure told The News on Wednesday night, "there’s a very, very good chance you got CTE. I knew for years I had some issues."

Marrone and Manuel

Marrone holds on Manuel decision -
"We had both quarterbacks taking snaps," said Marrone in reference to Manuel and Thad Lewis, who also returned from injury Wednesday. "I feel good. Both guys have been out for a while so there’s a little bit of rust that they’re working through. I’m just going to keep it going during the week and I think that we’ll see where we go as far as who the starter is."

EJ Manuel: "I definitely feel like I can go" - Press Conference -
"The Bills quarterback talks about getting back to practice, the benefit he got from watching the games in the coach's box, and the biggest challenge in coming back from his injury."

Doug Marrone: "Our goal is to make the playoffs" - Press Conference -
"The Bills head coach talks about EJ Manuel returning to practice and possibly starting on Sunday, and facing the Steelers defense coming off their loss to New England."

Bills Roundup: Manuel Preparing to Start - VIDEO -
"The Bills got back on the field on Wednesday afternoon, with EJ Manuel and Thad Lewis getting first team reps, and two wide receivers missing practice."

Stevie Johnson on EJ Manuel's Return
Fred Jackson on Possibility of EJ Returning

Inside The Bills | Lewis second man thru
"Thad Lewis was the second man through in the rotation at quarterback as it appears he’ll be good to serve as Manuel’s backup Sunday."

Bills’ Manuel hopes practice makes perfect - Sports - The Buffalo News
"Hopefully we can get some stability at the position," Jackson said. "He’s a guy we wanted to be back there. We’ve got him back there now, and I know he’s excited to get the opportunity. If he’s out there, I know he’ll play well for us. To get some stability there, a guy that’s gonna be there for us the remainder of the season, hopefully, is something that can help this offense move in the right direction."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - EJ Manuel Closing In On Return For Bills
"What we have to be able to understand is, here's a rookie quarterback that missed some time in the preseason and obviously now he's missed another four weeks," [Marrone] said. "So we have do the best job we can to make sure that he's ready. But our expectation is if we put him out there, obviously we're putting him out there to win."

Steelers D tough on rookie QBs - Stats & Info Blog - ESPN
"Including the playoffs, the Steelers are a league-best 16-2 vs rookie quarterbacks since 2004, when LeBeau re-joined the Steelers as defensive coordinator." Those two wins are in games Ben Roethlisberger didn't play.

Bills- Steelers

Hearing from the Bills -
"Bill Coach Doug Marrone and receiver Stevie Johnson talk about Sunday's game against the Steelers."

Tale Of The Tape: Buffalo Bills At Pittsburgh Steelers " CBS Pittsburgh
Who has the edge this weekend? If you look at this, the Steelers are clearly better in the eyes of this writer.

Bills vs. Steelers: No Country for Old Men - Behind the Steel Curtain
This is pretty rambling but it's about Bills-Steelers...

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills' Spiller A Full-go; Sunday In Doubt For Woods
"The running back was not listed on the injury report Wednesday, the first time that's happened since it occurred in Week Four, and Spiller was a full participant. To head coach Doug Marrone, that means Spiller is back to full health."

Inside The Bills | Goodwin could be limited Thursday
"We’re going to see where we are with Woods," Marrone said. "I don’t feel that good about Robert Woods being able to play."

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How Steve Tasker became a Buffalo Bill -
"Almost three decades ago this week, Steve Tasker was acquired by the Bills via waivers, and came to the city and team that he thought might just be a visit but would end up being his home."

Jets, Chargers, Titans among AFC teams vying for wild-card spot -
"The Bills' schedule going forward is worth noting. They visit the reeling Steelers in Pittsburgh, then take on the Jets in Buffalo. After a Week 12 bye, Buffalo hosts the wingless Falcons before heading on a two-game road trip to play the dead-in-the-water Bucs and that collection of guys masquerading as an NFL team in Jacksonville. Buffalo finishes with a homer against Dolphins and a roadie versus the Pats. With a dominant defensive line, a healthy C.J. Spiller and three tissue-paper-soft games, could the Bills make things sticky? I think so."

Inside The Bills | Jets home game ticket update
"We’re about 7,000 (tickets) left for the Jets so we’ve made an impact over the last 10 days," Russ Brandon said.

Bills notebook: Team shines on third and short - Sports - The Buffalo News
"Overall, however, the Bills rank eighth in the NFL on percentage of conversions on third and 1 or 2, at 68.5 percent. The Bills have converted 24 of 35 in those situations. The league average is 59 percent."

Al Bemiller to receive Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Distinguished Service Award - Bills Blitz
"The Monday Morning Quarterback Club has announced that former Bills center Al Bemiller has been selected to receive the 28th annual Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Distinguished Service Award for the 2013 season." Head inside for more on Bemiller and the award itself.

Eric Wood adds insight on Incognito - ESPN
Eric Wood continued to defend the locker room culture that led to the Incognito incident but not the language Richie used. Slippery slope, Eric. Be careful.

Midseason Report: Buffalo Bills - ESPN
The quarterback position is waaaay down low but the running backs and defensive linemen even it out in Mike Rodak's midseason grades.