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Bills tab Manuel starter for Week 1

Orchard Park, NY (Sports Network) - Buffalo Bills rookie EJ Manuel will be the starting quarterback for Sunday's season opener against New England.

Manuel's status for Week 1 was in question after he underwent left knee surgery in mid-August. He played the first two preseason games before having the minor procedure.

According to the club's website, Manuel returned to practice on Sunday and passed a number of tests over the past two days, allowing Bills coach Doug Marrone to make the decision.

The 23-year-old Florida State product completed 26-of-33 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns in his limited action during the preseason.

Buffalo selected Manuel with the 16th overall pick in April's draft.

09/04 08:40:31 ET