According to Rapoport, if Manuel plays well enough, Buffalo could reopen their battle for the starting job.
Manuel is getting the start over Tyrod Taylor, who is reportedly dealing with an MCL sprain. Although, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Taylor expected to dress today, and has good chance to play next week.
Manuel, 25, is a former first round pick of the Bills back in 2013. He has two years remaining on his four-year, $8,885,300 rookie contract and stands to make a base salary of $1,212,755 for the 2015 season.
This season, Taylor has thrown for 1,097 yards passing while completing 70.1 percent of his passes to go along with nine touchdowns and four interceptions. Taylor has also contributed 187 yards rushing and two rushing touchdowns over the course of five games.
Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 8 quarterback out of 38 qualifying players.