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EJ Manuel ahead of schedule in recovery from knee surgery

By Jay Skurski

Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone said today that rookie quarterback EJ Manuel is ahead of schedule in his recovery from knee surgery.

Manuel took part in the individual portion of practice this afternoon, but did not participate in team drills. He is expected to do so Monday, according to his coach.

"He looked good. I say that, you know, not knowing what can happen in the next couple days. But as far as today, I think he looked good," Marrone said. "We were excited about it, but I don't want to give the wrong impression. Two or three days from now, I don't want to be communicating, 'but wait a minute, he looked good, you led us on to believe that he's doing that.' I don't try to play any games.

"We'll just see how he does during the week and Wednesday we'll make a decision. It's either going to be EJ or it's going to be Jeff."

Manuel said if that decision were up to him, he'd play against the New England Patriots.

"Most definitely," he said.

As for who will ultimately makes that decision, Manuel said he was unsure whether it would be his, the team's medical staff, or a combination.

"We'll probably see when we get there," he said. "I understand that part of it. That's what they do, that's why they're here and I trust all their judgment."

Manuel had surgery on his left knee Aug. 18. He practiced today with a thin brace on. 

"It's different, but after a while I just got used to it," he said.

Manuel said he's not feeling any pressure to return for the season opener, but is anxious to do so to support his teammates.

"I just want to be back to help the team. I’m a huge team player and just want to get back and obviously if I’m healthy enough to go out there and make plays and Coach Marrone makes the decision, I’ll be more than happy to go out there and play," he said.


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Tim Graham

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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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