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Kyle Orton to replace EJ Manuel as Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback

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Four games into the 2014 season, the Buffalo Bills are making a quarterback change: Kyle Orton will start when the team takes on the Detroit Lions in Week 5.

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The Buffalo Bills have made a change at the quarterback position.

Doug Marrone announced at his Monday afternoon press conference that veteran Kyle Orton will start the Bills' Week 5 contest against the Detroit Lions, where he'll replace second-year quarterback EJ Manuel.

The news comes with the Bills sitting at 2-2, and on a two-game losing streak thanks largely to a myriad of issues on the offensive side of the football. Manuel started the season quite well, completing 32-of-48 passes for 375 yards with three total touchdowns, one interception, and one sack taken in wins over Chicago and Miami. In consecutive losses to San Diego and Houston, however, his production plummeted, completing 44-of-83 passes for 463 yards with three touchdowns, two picks, and five sacks taken.

Manuel, you'll recall, was the Bills' first-round pick in 2013, and the first quarterback that the Bills had ever drafted with their top first-round pick in team history. Sunday's loss to Houston was his 14th start in a Bills uniform. Buffalo is 6-7 in games that he has finished as the starting quarterback, and 6-8 overall in those 14 starts.

Orton, a 10-year veteran playing for his fifth pro team, was signed to a lucrative two-year, $11 million contract contract one month ago today, on August 29. He has not yet taken a snap in a live game - preseason or otherwise - with the Bills, but has been in Marrone and Nathaniel Hackett's offense for a bit more than four weeks at this point. Now he'll be charged with steadying the proverbial ship as the Bills attempt to turn their 2014 season back around.

So, yeah... here we go.