By Tim Graham
Looks like Jeff Tuel will go from starter one week to inactive the next.
Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone announced today that recovering quarterbacks EJ Manuel and Thad Lewis made it through practice fine and are on track to dress for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. A final determination has yet to be made, but Tuel seems the odd man out.
"EJ wasn't sore or anything," Marrone said of Manuel's response to Wednesday's practice. "That was the one thing we were waiting for. Barring any setbacks the next couple days, both he and Thad are ready."
Unless Manuel's knee experiences a problem between now and kickoff, the Bills will start their third quarterback in three weeks.
Marrone added that as long as both are healthy, the Bills will continue their habit of keeping only two quarterbacks active for the game.
The concern with dressing a third quarterback is wasting an active roster spot on a player with a better likelihood of contributing. Teams like to have as many linemen or special-teamers on hand as possible.
"If someone's not 100 percent healthy, you might go in with three" quarterbacks, Marrone said. "But a lot of times you've got to be careful because a lot of times the position it affects the most are special teams."
Rookie receiver Marquise Goodwin was limited at today's practice, while colleague Robert Woods was absent.
Marrone said Goodwin "will be ready to go from what I've seen today. Woods will make the trip to Pittsburgh and probably be a game-time decision.
Marrone also announced newly signed fullback Evan Rodriguez will play Sunday, at least on special teams.
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