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Bills don't know who will start at QB vs. the Chiefs on Sunday

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Jeff Tuel could be one of three Bills quarterbacks to start Sunday. (USATSI)
Jeff Tuel could be one of three Bills quarterbacks to start Sunday. (USATSI)

While playing against the Saints last week, Bills quarterback Thad Lewis got smashed hard multiple times, and though he had to leave the game at one point, he returned on the next series only to get beaten up some more in Buffalo's eventual loss.

Now, Lewis has sore ribs, and Bills coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday that it's 50-50 whether Lewis will play this Sunday vs. the Chiefs. Lewis didn't practice Wednesday, and instead, backups Jeff Tuel and the recently-acquired Matt Flynn shared first-team reps.

Though first-round pick EJ Manuel, who suffered a strained LCL earlier this season, returned to practice Wednesday, Marrone said the team's eventual starting quarterback won't be ready to play vs. Kansas City. And remember Dennis Dixon? Yeah, he's on the team's practice squad, but Marrone said Dixon isn't in consideration for Sunday.

Other than that, nobody seems to know who will play quarterback this weekend.

While Tuel, an undrafted rookie, has never started an NFL game, he completed 8 of 20 passes for 80 yards and an interception after Manuel was hurt in Week 5 vs. the Brown. Flynn, meanwhile, was released by the Raiders three weeks ago before finding a new job in Buffalo.

"I feel very confident ... I'm very comfortable," Flynn told reporters Wednesday. "One of the hardest parts of learning a new offense is forgetting an old one."

But Marrone also said he feels more comfortable with Tuel leading the offense at this point and that Tuel had his best week of practice last week. But then again, the team is still four days away from having to make a decision.

Going into a matchup with the NFL's last undefeated team, that can't be comforting.

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