Bill Carey
Wednesday September 4th, 2013

E.J. Manuel will start for the Bills on Sunday. (Rick Stewart/Getty Images) E.J. Manuel will start Buffalo's season opener against New England. (Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

E.J. Manuel, the first quarterback taken in this year's NFL draft, will start Sunday for the Buffalo Bills, the team announced Wednesday.

Manuel looked on track to win the starting job this preseason before a knee injury sidelined him. He completed 26 of 33 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns in the first two preseason games. But then he needed a "minor" procedure on his left knee and was ruled out for the rest of the preseason.

Kevin Kolb took over, but he suffered a concussion that ended his 2013 season. The Bills planned to start undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel if Manuel wasn't ready for the season opener against New England.

KING: No-Huddle Previews: One-minute looks at every NFL team Bills coach Doug Marrone said after the preseason that Manuel needed to be practicing by the Wednesday before the game - today - to have a chance to start. He was back on the field Sunday and apparently looked good enough that Buffalo made the call Wednesday morning.

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