Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel absolutely carved up the Jacksonville Jaguars defense on Sunday, as he finished with 17-24 passing, two touchdowns, one interception, and averaged eight yards per attempt. Manuel completed over 70% of his passes in his second-best game as a pro, and he did it after playing a horrendous (and honestly, that’s putting it mildly) four-interception game the week before against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He also did it on a sprained knee.
Manuel suffered that injury at some point during the game, but the Florida State product didn’t end up missing a single snap. However, there was some concern, because it is Manuel’s third knee injury of his rookie season.
According to ESPN NFL Nation’s Mike Rodak, E.J. Manuel is practicing today, which confirms that the sprain he suffered against the Jaguars was very minor. That’s excellent news for the Bills and their first-round signal-caller, who is locked in for this week’s game against the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins are in a big battle for the final playoff seed in the AFC, and they held on to beat the rival New England Patriots on Sunday, denying Tom Brady of another epic comeback (because, you know, one person can’t cobble together a win in every game).
Hopefully Manuel can put together a great game against the Dolphins, since the Bills are hoping that he can indeed be this team’s quarterback of the future.
Update: In a sudden turn of events, Bills head coach Doug Marrone announced that the Bills have ruled Manuel out for this week’s game, which is a huge surprise.