Buffalo Bills quarterback Thad Lewis (9) passes as center Doug Legursky (59) blocks against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bengals beat the Bills 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Thad Lewis practices, ‘feels great’


Buffalo Bills QB Thad Lewis suffered a mild foot sprain in last week’s overtime loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, and he is fully expected to play this week against the rival Miami Dolphins despite reportedly being in major pain following the game. Bills head coach Doug Marrone expressed plenty of optimism on Monday, but there are still worries that Lewis will have limited effectiveness in Week 7 due to the pain in his foot. WKBW-TV Buffalo’s Jeff Russo has a tweet that should alleviate some of those concerns. Not only was Lewis able to practice today, but Russo adds that he was able to practice without limitations and said he “feels great”.

That’s definitely encouraging news, and the Bills won’t have to turn to UDFA Jeff Tuel or recently signed backup Matt Flynn for an emergency start against the Dolphins. Lewis, who is their interim starter of choice with E.J. Manuel out, will play, and we can only hope that he will mostly be effective. He turned in a solid start against a tough Bills defense without Stevie Johnson at his disposal, and he did an impressive job creating 233 yards of total offense and three touchdowns with the lone turnover being a fumble.

Lewis was able to take first-team reps for the Bills at practice today, and he is pretty much a guarantee to start. Hopefully he doesn’t aggravate the injury against a vicious Dolphins front seven, and Bills fans will also hope that the Duke product can continue to show off his arm and effectively challenge the Dolphins deep. Having Johnson back would certainly help.

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