by Aaron Wilson
December 28, 02013
Buffalo Bills quarterback Thad Lewis will start his second consecutive game.
Rookie starter EJ Manuel is out with a sprained lateral collateral ligament in his left knee.
"[His knee] did not progress the way that I wanted it to," Bills coach Doug Marrone said of Manuel. "I give him credit. He's disappointed. He did everything he could when he was out there. At the end of the day, the decision process was injury-related, meaning that he was not able to do the things at 100 percent that in my opinion we need to do to win this game."
Lewis has gone 2-2 this season in relief of Manuel.
"It's not just about the mobility, but at quarterback you got to be able to run aspects [of the offense]," Lewis said. "In this instance, sometimes you have to keep guys honest with the zone-read and things of that nature. So I guess, speaking like that, I was probably the best choice."
Manuel has had three knee injuries this season, making it an offseason priority.
"It's a nonsurgical procedure," Marrone said. "We have a plan for after the season to obviously strengthen both of those knees, to build the muscles around the LCL. Obviously the risk factor will become low, even though an LCL injury is one of the lowest-risk injuries in football."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.