BY NICK ST. DENIS
Buffalo Bills quarterback Thad Lewis is expected to start Sunday, but he'll likely do so with a new backup.
The Bills announced Monday they signed free agent signal-caller Matt Flynn, who was already en route to Buffalo for a tryout for the team when Lewis sprained his foot in a Week 6 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Lewis is currently serving as the Bills' starting quarterback after getting called up from the practice squad in the wake of the news that rookie E.J. Manuel would be sidelined for half a dozen weeks.
Flynn will almost certainly be on the field Sunday as Lewis' backup, as the team has been looking for more experienced insurance at the position once it became obvious rookie free agent signing Jeff Tuel isn't ready for action.
Despite Lewis' injury, Bills coach Doug Marrone is optimistic he'll be a go for the weekend when the Bills travel to Florida to face the division-rival Miami Dolphins.
“I expect him to be out at practice Wednesday and I feel good about him being able to play on Sunday,” Marrone said Monday, via BuffaloBills.com.
Lewis completed 19 of 32 pass attempts for two touchdowns and no interceptions against the Bengals. He did lose a fumble, but he also had a rushing touchdown.
Flynn was most-recently with the Oakland Raiders but lost a battle for the starting job to Terrell Pryor. He was recently demoted to third string and eventually released.
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