Rookie quarterbacks EJ Manuel and Jeff Tuel split the practice reps with the first team Monday as the Buffalo Bills began preparing for Sunday's season opener against the New England Patriots.
Manuel is expected to start if he's medically cleared following minor knee surgery last month.
"There's nothing that seems to slow (Manuel) down," said Bills head coach Doug Marrone. "These two guys are pretty darn good."
Marrone said Manuel's recovery is ahead of schedule.
"He looked good," Marrone said. "But I say that not knowing what can happen in the next couple days.
"Wednesday we'll make a decision. It's either going to be EJ or it's going to be Jeff. Both guys will be available for the game."
---Kicker Dan Carpenter agreed on a deal just hours after rookie kicker Dustin Hopkins suffered a groin injury during practice on Monday.
Carpenter, who had been released by the Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets since Aug. 16, was supposed to be in Cleveland for a tryout on Tuesday.
The 27-year-old Carpenter is 127 of 155 for his career on field-goal attempts. His career long is 60 yards.
--Safety Jim Leonhard was signed after passing a physical Monday. Leonhard has previous experience in the defensive system, having played for Bills coordinator Mike Pettine with the Ravens and Jets
By The Sports Xchange
Publish Date: September 2, 2013 01:55:29 PM
Bills QBs Manuel, Tuel split reps; Carpenter, Leonhard signed
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