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Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel returns to practice for Bills

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EJ Manuel makes a throw today during practice as offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett looks on. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)


By Jay Skurski

Now, for a bit of good news: Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel was on the practice field this afternoon.

The rookie first-round draft pick went through stretching and individual throwing drills during the portion of practice that was open to the media today, the first time he's been seen on a practice field since undergoing a "minor" knee surgery exactly two weeks ago.

Manuel appeared to be wearing a thin brace under black spandex today while on the field. Head coach Doug Marrone will address the media following practice, and should provide an update on just how much team work, if any, Manuel participated in.

Manuel was joined in the quarterback drills by Jeff Tuel and Thad Lewis, who was signed to the practice squad earlier in the day.

Not practicing were cornerback Stephon Gilmore (wrist), guard Doug Legursky (knee) and running back C.J. Spiller (personal).


C.J. Spiller | Doug Legursky | Doug Marrone | EJ Manuel | Jeff Tuel | Stephon Gilmore | Thad Lewis
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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

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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