Thad Lewis Injury: Updates on Bills QB's Ribs
Updates for Sunday, Nov. 10:
The Bills confirm Thad Lewis (ribs) is active for Week 10:
#Bills inactives: 7 QB Tuel, 10 WR Woods, 26 CB Rogers, 42 RB Wingo, 44 DB Smith, 57 LB Powell, 73 OL McClain.— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) November 10, 2013
From Mike Rodak of ESPN:
Marrone said Thad Lewis (ribs) threw passes today. Expects him to be available Sunday in Pittsburgh— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) November 4, 2013
Marrone later said that he has not made a decision between Lewis and EJ Manuel, but that one will come later this week, but the Bills' official Twitter account:
Marrone: working both EJ Manuel and Thad Lewis with first group this week. Decision on starter to come later this week.— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) November 6, 2013
From the Bills:
Marrone: Thad Lewis was not close to being ready to play.— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) November 3, 2013
From ESPN's Mike Rodak:
Bills in actives: QB Thad Lewis, QB EJ Manuel, CB Justin Rogers, RB Ronnie Wingo, CB Brandon Smith, LB Ty Powell, G Antoine McClain— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) November 3, 2013
From Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:
Jeff Tuel will start for the Bills, per source.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 3, 2013
#Bills will be without Thad Lewis today, source says, as his ribs didn’t improve as had been expected. He’s out.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 3, 2013
ESPN's Josina Anderson followed:
A source texted me confirming that Bills QB Jeff Tuel will get the start today. "Yes. He is starting."— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) November 3, 2013
From ESPN's Mike Rodak:
Marrone said Bills will discuss QB situation the afternoon. If Lewis can't go, no decision yet on starter— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) November 1, 2013
From the Bills official Twitter feed:
#Bills QB Thad Lewis has returned to practice— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) November 1, 2013
From Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550:
Thad Lewis is not doing anything more than standing around with a ball in his hand. The other QBs are all throwing to receivers.— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) November 1, 2013
Marrone said it depends on how Lewis looks at practice on Friday. If our 15-minute snippet is any indication, didn't look great. #Bills— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) November 1, 2013
From Mike Rodak of ESPN:
Lewis is holding onto the ball during quarterback drills. Dropping back, going through passing motion, but not throwing it— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) November 1, 2013
From Howard Simon of WGR550 in Buffalo:
From the Buffalo Bills:
Doug Marrone: Thad Lewis DNP today. "Not ready to make a decision" on his status for Sunday. "I'm hoping the 'league source' is right"— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) October 31, 2013
Mike Rodak of ESPN.com then noted that Marrone specified the extent of Lewis' ailment, but the good news is that X-rays were negative:
X-rays were negative on Lewis. Rib contusion, Marrone says— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) October 30, 2013
Rodak added that Lewis is also dealing with an illness on top of his injury, but that he could still play on limited practice:
Lewis also dealing with "flu virus," Marrone says. Has chance to play even if he only practices on Friday— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) October 30, 2013
Manuel will *not* play Sunday vs. Chiefs, Marrone says— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) October 30, 2013
If Lewis were to miss the game, it sounds like the Bills will turn to undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel rather than newly signed Matt Flynn, according to the Bills on Twitter:
Marrone: Wants more time to evaluate Thad Lewis' condition. Currently feels more familiarity with Jeff Tuel at QB position if needed.— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) October 30, 2013
Lewis has filled in rather well since taking the reins as Buffalo's signal-caller, but the schedule has not done him any favors. The 25-year-old threw for two touchdowns in his first start, a 27-24 overtime loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
That was followed by a comeback win in the AFC East over the Miami Dolphins before last week's road defeat in New Orleans.
Despite a solid passer rating of 80.1, there is room for Lewis to improve with regard to decision-making, as his total QBR is at just 19.1, with 50 being an "average" quarterback.
This is the latest clout to the Bills' already precarious QB situation. The next man up to face the Chiefs' defense—which leads the league with 36 sacks—is Tuel, who looked decent in the preseason but much worse in his regular-season showing against the Cleveland Browns in relief. As the Bills noted, Marrone is comfortable with the rookie.
The Bills list recent free-agent acquisition Flynn fourth on their depth chart, but it's at least feasible that they could turn to him if anything changes regarding Tuel as the week goes on.
After two failed bids to start in Seattle and Oakland, perhaps Flynn can salvage some sort of redemption, although he is learning the Bills' offense on the fly having been signed on Oct. 14.
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