Bills’ plan is to start Tuel at QB in Week 1

The Buffalo Bills will plan on starting undrafted rookie quarterback Jeff Tuel in their regular season opener if EJ Manuel cannot play, coach Doug Marrone said Monday.

The Bills host the New England Patriots in their regular season opener on Sept. 8.

Manuel remains sidelined after undergoing a minor procedure on his left knee last week. Marrone said that while he hopes the 16th overall pick will be ready to play in Week 1, the team will make preparations for Tuel to start.

Tuel went 10-for-17 for 63 yards in Saturday’s preseason loss to the Washington Redskins, replacing Kevin Kolb, who left with a concussion that now has him sidelined indefinitely.

The Bills are proceeding as if Kolb’s concussion, which was termed “serious,” could be career-ending, a league source told ESPN.

Kolb will undergo a battery of tests and the Bills do not want to rush him back even if he can continue his career, the source said.

The Bills signed free-agent quarterback Matt Leinart and traded with the Detroit Lions for quarterback Thad Lewis on Sunday.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter contributed to this report.

This article was originally posted on ESPN.com

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