Tossing passes on the sideline Thursday, expect Buffalo Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel to start in Week 2

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E.J. Manuel will mature into a solid Bill.

Hobbled Bills signal-caller E.J. Manuel threw passes on the sideline Thursday during Buffalo’s 35-13 loss to the Detroit Lions in Orchard Park.

Still, 12 days after undergoing the knife for a “minor” knee operation, the 23-year-old Manuel “wasn’t trotting or anything.”

Selected out of Florida State with the 16th pick in April’s draft, Manuel had unofficially won Buffalo’s quarterback competition over Kevin Kolb before sustaining the injury.

Unfortunately, signing a two-year deal worth $13 million in March, the 28-year-old Kolb suffered a potentially career-ending concussion on Saturday.

With the statuses of Manuel and Kolb uncertain, Bills head coach Doug Marrone is expected to have undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel under center against the Patriots in New England on September 8.

Inking a five-year contract valued at roughly $9 million earlier this summer, Manuel looked surprisingly polished operating Nathaniel Hackett’s “K-Gun” offense in two exhibition games.

As a precaution, Marrone is right to temporarily shelve Manuel in favor of Tuel.

Nevertheless, a standout athlete brimming with testicular fortitude, smarts and dedication, E.J. Manuel will absolutely lead the Bills when the Carolina Panthers visit Buffalo on September 15.

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