E.J. Manuel injury: Bills QB back at practice on Tuesday

Al Messerschmidt

The Buffalo Bills had Manuel back at practice Tuesday, as they test his leg in advance of the team's Week 17 matchup with the New England Patriots.

Buffalo Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel was back at practice with the team on Tuesday, according to Mike Rodak of ESPN. Manuel is dealing with a knee injury that forced him out of the team's Week 16 victory over the Miami Dolphins. Manuel experienced swelling prior to the game and had to sit in favor of Thad Lewis.

Lewis threw for 193 yards and no touchdowns with an interception against Miami, but the Bills put up 203 yards on the ground to Miami's 14 (and Miami's 89 passing yards) to help seal the 19-0 shutout.

Still, the Bills want Manuel, a rookie taken in the first round, to suit up and play one more game before the season is over. Buffalo is well out of the playoff race, but seeing Manuel one more time, and against the rival New England Patriots at that, is definitely a goal.

Head coach Doug Marrone wad adamant that Manuel would be able to play when asked last week. However, that will all hinge on how he reacts to practice reps throughout the week and whether or not the swelling stays down.

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