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Buffalo Bills Set to Start Undrafted Quarterback Jeff Tuel

The Buffalo Bills are planning to start undrafted quarterback Jeff Tuel in their regular-season opener. If first-round draft pick E.J. Manuel, who is currently injured, can’t play, coach Doug Marrone said Monday that Tuel with get the start.

“Right now we’re planning on Jeff Tuel playing the first game and we’re working with E.J. to get back as quickly as possible,” Marrone told reporters. “Meaning New England. Right now, that’s how we’re going about planning on doing it until we know more about where E.J. is.”

Tuel will make history if he does start in week 1. The quarterback will become the first undrafted rookie quarterback in the common draft era (since 1967) to ever start a season opener, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

“That’s cool,” Tuel said, according to the team’s website. “It would definitely be an honor if that’s the case. I’m surprised that I’m the first, but if that’s the case it’s a cool thing.”

The Buffalo Bills will play the New England Patriots at home in their season opener on Sept. 8.

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