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Gameday Poll: Could EJ Manuel end QB competition today?

By Tim Graham

INDIANAPOLIS -- Circumstances out of EJ Manuel's control made sure he would be the starting quarterback in his NFL debut.

Now Manuel can help the Buffalo Bills make up their minds for the regular-season, too.

Manuel will start this afternoon's exhibition opener against the Indianapolis Colts in Lucas Oil Stadium. He has a striking opportunity to take a lead over veteran quarterback Kevin Kolb and never look back.

Kolb missed more than a week's worth of practices because of a knee injury and a death in the family. Manuel got all of the first-team practice reps in Kolb's absence. Bills coach Doug Marrone indicated Kolb wouldn't see any meaningful action today.

With that in mind, here's a question to ponder:


Doug Marrone | EJ Manuel | Gameday Poll | Kevin Kolb
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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

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Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

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