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Thad Lewis and Jeff Tuel are competing for the Bills' No. 2 quarterback job.

With E.J. Manuel coming off three knee surgeries and proving to be rather injury-prone as a rookie, it's a battle worth monitoring from afar. Lewis entered the spring as the heavy favorite, but Tuel impressed during OTAs and "earned himself some more reps." The two have been splitting second-team work the first couple days of training camp. Lewis was far better than UDFA Tuel in 2013.

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The Bills are "very high" on Thad Lewis as their backup quarterback.

Lewis held his own in five starts filling in for E.J. Manuel last year, passing for 1,092 yards and a 4:3 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He's reuniting with QB coach Todd Downing, who came over with Jim Schwartz this offseason, and not expected to face any competition for the backup job. The Bills are confident that both Lewis and Manuel can take the next step in their development in 2014.

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Thad Lewis completed 15-of-25 passes for 193 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's Week 16 win over the Dolphins.

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Thad Lewis will make the start in Sunday's Week 16 game against the Dolphins.

E.J. Manuel sprained his knee last week against the Jaguars and has been ruled out due to swelling. Coach Doug Marrone feels Lewis gives the team its best chance to win. Lewis started three games for the Bills earlier in the year, leading Buffalo to a 23-21 road win at Miami in Week 7. He's not a fantasy option.

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Practicing in full for Week 10, Bills QB Thad Lewis (ribs) is expected to back up E.J. Manuel (knee) against the Steelers.

Lewis couldn't go in Week 9, leaving starting duties to undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel. Lewis would need another Manuel injury to reclaim the starting job. Buffalo's quarterback of the future, Manuel wouldn't be benched for simply struggling.

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Thad Lewis (ribs) practiced in full Wednesday.

Lewis and E.J. Manuel (knee) split first-team reps, with Manuel handling the majority of them. Manuel is expected to return this week, barring any setbacks. The Bills are just preparing Lewis in case something goes awry with Manuel.

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Bills coach Doug Marrone told reporters Monnday that Thad Lewis (ribs) will return to practice this week.

Lewis threw passes on Monday and appears to be recovering on schedule from his Week 8 rib injury, which caused him to be inactive for Sunday's loss to Buffalo. As for Week 10, Marrone was noncommittal on E.J. Manuel's (knee) availability, stating "we'll get him out there and see." We're totally guessing on a Monday, but would give Manuel a 60 percent chance of starting against Pittsburgh, with Lewis at 45 percent and Jeff "Tuel Time" Tuel at 5 percent.

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Thad Lewis (ribs) is inactive for Week 9 against the Chiefs.

Jeff Tuel will get the start, and Matt Flynn will back him up.

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Thad Lewis (ribs, flu) is listed as doubtful for Week 9 against the Chiefs.

Lewis missed practice Wednesday and Thursday before getting in a limited session Friday. The doubtful tag means the Bills believe he has a 25 percent chance to play. Jeff Tuel and Matt Flynn have been splitting first-team reps in practice this week with Tuel getting the majority of the snaps Friday. If Lewis is forced to sit out, we'd expect undrafted Tuel to make the start. Fire up the Kansas City defense as the No. 1 overall unit for Week 9.

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Thad Lewis (ribs, illness) is practicing Friday.

Lewis missed the last two days of practice with a rib injury suffered in last week's loss. His level or participation still isn't known, but it's a sign that he's now on track to start over Jeff Tuel and Matt Flynn for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.