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Buffalo Bills Hope to Keep EJ Manuel on Both Practice Field and Playing Field

February 25th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

EJ Manuel had a frustrating rookie season in which knee injuries kept him from two preseason games, and six regular season games.

'E.J. Manuel touchdown pass' photo (c) 2013, Alan Kotok - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Head coach Doug Marrone hopes this year he will be able to practice more, in order to help him during games.

“He played last year and really didn't practice that much,” Marrone told Tim Graham of the Buffalo News. “If you think about all the players that played in the league, he probably practiced the least and played. For us, the priority, just like all the players, is to make sure that we keep him healthy. It’s important for us, important for his development.”

Marrone's comments were evident in Manuel's return to the lineup against the Pittsburgh Steelers after missing four weeks. Manuel seemed to be making strides until his injury on Thursday Night Football against Cleveland forced him to miss those games. His lack of practice, and his rust was on full display, and Manuel had probably his worst game of the season against the Steelers. This situation makes Marrone's point.

The Bills will want Manuel, ideally, to play all four preseason games, take part in every practice, OTA and any other workout available and play in every game this season. That's a tall task for any NFL player, but especially for one that is coming off of a season where he injured both knees.

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