ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Last week, the odds looked to be against EJ Manuel starting at quarterback in next weekend's regular-season opener.
But after returning to practice Sunday, the Buffalo Bills' first-round pick is ahead of schedule in his rehab, coach Doug Marrone said, and could start Sept. 8 against New England.
"He's transitioning in," Marrone said. "If we can have him practicing on Wednesday, and we feel that he is good enough and mentally ready to play, then he's going to play."
Marrone said the Bills will make their decision on Wednesday to start Manuel or Jeff Tuel against the Patriots.
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