Buffalo Bills interim starting QB Thad Lewis made his debut yesterday against the Cincinnati Bengals, and he nearly led the Bills to an upset victory. The Bengals were able to prevail 27-24, but Lewis was able to throw two touchdowns, no interceptions, and average a serviceable 6.8 yards per attempt. He did his job by not making any big mistakes (other than a fumble), and the line looks better once you take into account the fact that No. 1 wideout Stevie Johnson was inactive. Lewis was also able to run for a touchdown on a three-yard run, and he certainly does look like the Bills best option with E.J. Manuel out. I think most teams would take that out of their backup QB.
Pro Football Talk reports that That Lewis has a mild foot sprain and did not suffer any ligament damage, and the league source close to PFT added that Lewis is regarded as day-to-day. He needed X-rays after the game and was seen with a walking boot on his right foot. The X-rays turned up negative meaning that he didn’t suffer a fracture.
The PFT report didn’t specify whether or not that information came following an MRI, and I would assume that the info is indeed from an MRI test. It’s great to hear that Lewis doesn’t have any ligament damage, so we’ll see if he is able to play in a tough rivalry game against the Miami Dolphins this week. The Bills certainly can’t afford to lose Lewis on top of losing Manuel to an injury.