Bills rookie EJ Manuel ready for first game

Rookie quarterback coming off knee injury, surgery Aaron Wilson

Print This September 03, 2013, 10:56 PM EST

Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel is ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation from a minor knee surgery, enough so that the first-round pick is expected to be named the starter for the opening game Wednesday, according to FOX Spots.

Manuel had surgery in the preseason, an arthroscopic procedure.

He returned to practice Sunday.

Manuel is the starter with veteran Kevin Kolb on injured reserve with a concussion and the choice over undrafted rookie quarterback Jeff Tuel.

Instead of Tuel Time, it's Manuel Time.

Manuel has said he's not experiencing any soreness and is ready to play if it's his choice.

It's up to Bills coach Doug Marrone, and he has decided to go with Manuel, a dual-threat former Florida State standout, in the opener against the New England Patriots.

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