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Marrone not set with Tuel as backup

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills skipped over Jeff Tuel on their quarterback depth chart in Thursday's preseason finale, a 23-0 loss to the Detroit Lions.

Jordan Palmer, signed earlier this week, played the final three quarters, completing 9 of 22 passes for 73 yards and three interceptions.

The combination of Palmer's shaky performance and the Bills jettisoning Thad Lewis and Dennis Dixon means that Tuel should have an inside track for the backup job, right?

Not quite.

"No, I wouldn't say that's the situation," coach Doug Marrone said.

Instead of Tuel or Palmer as their backup to EJ Manuel in the regular season opener against the Chicago Bears, the Bills could look elsewhere.

"I don't want to speak without having spoken to [general manager] Doug [Whaley] yet, but we're both on the same page that if we can better our football team, no matter what, we will do it," Marrone said. "The big question is, do we go out right now?

"If we can go out and get someone that's better, absolutely. I don't think anyone would be disappointed in us doing that."

In four games this preseason, Tuel has completed 64 percent of his passes, with two touchdowns, two interceptions and a 73.9 quarterback rating.