Inside The Bills

Marrone may only dress 2 QBs Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on November 8, 2013 – 7:40 am

Doug Marrone is expecting to have both EJ Manuel and Thad Lewis available for Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh. Provided they both continue on their current full participation path in practice there’s a good chance that third quarterback Jeff Tuel could be inactive Sunday.

“I probably get more concerned with linemen because there’s more positions,” said Marrone of his choices for his Sunday inactive list. “We go into the game with seven (linemen), but if someone maybe a little bit tweaked or injured, maybe you go into a game with eight.  I think the same at quarterback.  If someone is 100-percent healthy you may go in with three, but for limited number of people that are active… if I felt that someone was injured to the point that he could play, but if he gets a hit or a twist or a strain, for me I put him in there thinking I can at least get a half out of him. If I feel like that I usually add an extra guy.”

When asked if he’ll still dress all three quarterbacks, Marrone said he’s still weighing the options, but is leaning toward just keeping two active Sunday in Pittsburgh.

“That’s what I’ve been looking at,” he said. “I feel very good about EJ playing, I feel good about Thad and that’s why (Wednesday) I didn’t want to say this guy’s starting, this guy’s backing him up. I wanted to make sure they were healthy, they practice and how they feel after practice. I’m probably not ready to make that decision yet, but right now they both look good, and if they both look good them I’m only going to dress two.”

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