DAVIE - The Miami Dolphins will go another round with Thad Lewis at quarterback this Sunday.
Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone said E.J. Manuel's injured knee is too swollen to practice, and that the former Florida State standout the Bills selected in the first round won't play on Sunday against the Dolphins.
"Dropping back & throwing was okay, but as far as continuation of fakes, ability to extend plays, run zone reads, that wasn't there," Marron said of Manuel, who has been nursing an LCL spain most of the season. "I'm very confident that he'll play next week against New England."
Lewis, a former Hialeah-Miami Lakes standout, will start his third game of the season on Sunday, and quarterback Jeff Tuel will serve as his backup.
Lewis started Buffalo's 23-21 fourth-quarter win over the Dolphins on Oct. 27, throwing for 202 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He also gained 13 rushing yards on five carries, but was sacked four times, and fumbled twice against the Dolphins.
Manuel has started 10 games in his rookie season, completing 180-of-306 passes for 1,972 yards with 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He has a 77.7 passer rating this season.
Lewis, a former practice squad player who is in his second NFL season, has thrown for 652 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in the four games he's played for the Bills. He owns a 80.2 passer rating this season.
"I don't think there is a lot that changes when Thad plays and when E.J. plays," Marrone said.