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EJ lobbied coach to play Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on December 27, 2013 – 12:41 pm

Bills head coach Doug Marrone confirmed that EJ Manuel was pushing to play in Sunday’s season finale, and lobbied to start. But it was Manuel’s lateral mobility that convinced Marrone to start Thad Lewis, fearing that Manuel would be at risk in his current condition.

“The decision with EJ is very simple,” said Marrone. “It did not progress the way that I wanted it to. I give him credit. He’s disappointed. He did everything he could when he was out there. At the end of the day the decision process was injury related, meaning that he was not able to do the things at 100 percent that in my opinion we need to do to win this game. At the end of the day I made a decision not to put him out there for no other reason than because I thought Thad would give us the best chance to win this game with EJ’s injury not progressing.

“I mean you have a player, he’s telling me he’s ready to go, whatever we have to do it’s going to get better. That’s why I think it’s difficult to say from the field, you see the little things, like the lateral stability not being where I’d like it to be. That’s what it came down to. The ability to vertically move is there, it’s the lateral stability. He has an LCL (sprain) and we feel our quarterback is going to have to move laterally at some point during this game.”


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