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Doug Marrone still mulling over backup quarterback decision

By Jay Skurski

Matt Flynn has all of two practices with the Buffalo Bills under his belt.

Despite that, he's being considered for the backup quarterback role Sunday when the Bills face Miami, according to coach Doug Marrone.

"Right now, I mean, we're still going with Matt, working with Matt to get him up to speed," Marrone said today. "I think at the end of the week we'll make that decision. You know, I think it's too early for us right now."

Marrone has maintained that Jeff Tuel's status with the organization hasn't changed, and that the team views him as a promising development prospect. But the fact Flynn could come in and unseat him for the backup role in less than a week with the team is a telling sign of Tuel's status with the team.

Marrone and Tuel met Monday -- at the player's request -- to discuss his status with the team. Marrone was asked then whether he felt Tuel was let down by the Bills' acquistion of Flynn.

"Do I expect you to be happy with that? No, I don't want you to be. I want you to be like, 'I'm going to show him and I'm going to get better and work my butt off,' but again, at least it's communicated straight forward between he and I," Marrone said. "I have no problem with that and I told him if you're upset with it, that's fine. You don't have to agree with what your role is. You have to do it, but you don't have to agree with it. You're the one who can change it by getting better."

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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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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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