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Jeff Tuel taking first-team snaps in preparation for 8-0 KC

By Mark Gaughan

Undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel was taking the first-team snaps at quarterback today as the Buffalo Bills began on-field preparation for Sunday's game against the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs.

Thad Lewis, who started the past three games in relief of EJ Manuel, was not on the practice field. Lewis took a severe shot to the ribs at the start of Sunday's game in New Orleans, although he played the entire game.

Manuel was back on the practice field and participating in individual drills. Manuel was doing drop-backs reasonably well and making throws during the early session. However, this is just an initial return-to-work session for Manuel. He is not going to be in the mix to be on the top three of the QB rotation this week. Manuel's earliest return probably would be for the home game against the New York Jets on Nov. 17, although the game against Atlanta Dec. 1 still may be more likely.

Matt Flynn was taking the second-team snaps and practice-squad QB Dennis Dixon was the third man in at the position.

Bills coach Doug Marrone will address the media after practice.


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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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