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Orton completed 31-of-43 passes for 283 yards with two touchdowns, one interception and one lost fumble during Sunday's 17-16 win over the Vikings.

Orton connected with nine different receivers, but it was rookie Sammy Watkins who led the way, catching nine of 14 passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Running backs Fred Jackson (groin) and C.J. Spiller (collarbone) both suffered injuries Sunday that are expected to keep them out for a number of weeks, which means the offensive load will fall more onto Orton's shoulders. Luckily for fantasy owners, the Bills will face off against a Jets defense in Week 8 that has struggled defending the pass this season.

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Orton completed 24-of-38 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw one interception and lost a fumble Sunday against the Patriots.

Orton threw passes to seven different receivers, though only five were able to record at least one catch. His touchdowns went to wideouts Robert Woods and Chris Hogan, who saw 16 combined targets thanks to Sammy Watkins (two catches on three targets for 27 yards) blanketed by Darrelle Revis all day and Mike Williams a healthy scratch. Orton is now averaging 303.5 passing yards per game over the last two weeks with a 3:2 TD:INT ratio. While he hasn't been great, he's certainly been good enough to keep the job over EJ Manuel, who started the first four games of the season before getting benched in favor of Orton.

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Orton, in his first start since taking over for EJ Manuel, completed 30-of-43 passes for 308 yards with one touchdown and one interception Sunday against the Lions.

Orton struggled early, throwing a pick-six in the second quarter to fall behind 14-0, but the Bills' defense held the Lions scoreless after that and Orton did just enough to bring them back. He threw a two-yard touchdown pass to backup tight end Chris Gragg with 9:23 left in the fourth quarter to tie the game before moving the ball 20 yards on the final drive to set up Dan Carpenter's game-winning 58-yard field goal to move the Bills to 3-2. Orton connected with 10 different receivers, throwing 12 times to rookie wideout Sammy Watkins, who caught seven of them for 87 yards. Orton wasn't spectacular, but he surely did enough to keep the starting job for at least one more week. The downside: he'll have to face off against a Patriots defense that is ranked first in the league against the pass this season.

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Orton will start Week 5 against the Lions.

Coach Doug Marrone will sit EJ Manuel and his scattershot arm on the bench for at least a week. We're sure the Bills aren't giving up on Manuel, but this is a team with an excellent running game and a good defense, and Marrone must want to see if Orton can give them a boost. Manuel hasn't been terrible, but he's become too reliant on the check-downs, has trouble in the red zone, and misses his mark too often. OK. so he's been kind of terrible. Orton has a pretty tough challenge ahead, facing a strong Lions defense in Detroit, but if performs decently the journeyman may just be able to hold onto the job for a bit.

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The Bills, who officially signed Orton on Saturday, have released backup quarterback Jeff Tuel.

Orton has yet to even take a snap with the team obviously, but for now he's the No. 2 guy behind EJ Manuel as the only backup left standing after the team released four quarterbacks this week. We'll see if they bring in another veteran off the scrap heap, though they could just roll with Manuel and Orton and put a young guy on the practice squad. All of a sudden, Orton is at least worth noting in deeper leagues given Manuel's injury struggles in 2013.

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Orton has agreed to a deal with the Bills, ESPN's James Walker reports.

Rather than roll with Jeff Tuel as the only backup on the roster behind EJ Manuel, the Bills will turn to Orton for an established veteran for the No. 2 rule. As long as Manuel remains healthy, Orton seems unlikely to take over as the team's starting quarterback in 2014.

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Free agent QB Kyle Orton doesn't plan to retire and wants to play this season.

Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones says Orton was going to report to training camp. Apparently the Cowboys didn't want him there, and wanted him to retire, so they cut him. Brandon Weeden is Tony Romo's backup. Orton will try to find a job as a clipboard holder likely at some point near the end of summer.

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Cowboys released QB Kyle Orton.

Orton is expected to retire. The move is actually a favor from the Cowboys, as Orton can now keep the entirety of the $5 million signing bonus he received in March 2012. It leaves Brandon Weeden as the Cowboys' No. 2 quarterback, an obviously undesirable situation. Orton made one start in his two years in Dallas, nearly guiding the Cowboys to a playoff berth last Week 17. If Orton follows through on retiring, he'll be doing so at a young age for a quarterback, as his 32nd birthday isn't until November.

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Cowboys released QB Kyle Orton.

Orton is expected to retire. The move is actually a favor from the Cowboys, as Orton can now keep the entirety of the $5 million signing bonus he received in March 2012. It leaves Brandon Weeden as the Cowboys' No. 2 quarterback, an obviously undesirable situation. Orton made one start in his two years in Dallas, nearly guiding the Cowboys to a playoff berth last Week 17. If Orton follows through on retiring, he'll be doing so at a young age for a quarterback, as his 32nd birthday isn't until November.

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The Cowboys expect Kyle Orton to show up at training camp.

Orton was a no-show for mandatory minicamp, resulting in over $80,000 in fines. He wants the Cowboys to release him so that he won't have to pay back $3 million of his signing bonus, but Dallas has refused to let him out of his contract. If Orton doesn't retire, it's possible he'll end up a weekly inactive as the third quarterback. Orton can be fined $30,000 per day for skipping training camp.