Friday, November 8, 2013

Injury report: E.J. back, Woods likely a no-go


Buffalo Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel looks poised for a much welcomed comeback this weekend in Pittsburgh, though his return will likely be missed by at least one if his starting wideouts.

Following a week of full participation in practice and his coach touting him as "fine" from a medical standpoint, Manuel is on course to retake the reins of the Bills' offense this weekend on the road against the Steelers.

The rookie hasn't played a snap since Week 5 but took the lion's share of snaps this week over Thad Lewis and is coach Doug Marrone's pick for the starting role, according to

Manuel will be likely without No. 2 receiver Robert Woods, who hasn't practiced all week and is nursing a bum ankle. Fellow rookie receiver Marquise Goodwin was also limited in practice this week with a hamstring injury, though the speedster was able to fully practice Friday and is officially listed as probable.

Linebacker Manny Lawson, who was excused from practice Friday for non-injury reasons, was listed as questionable early on Friday but has since been removed from the official report and will suit up Sunday.

Here's the full slate of injuries for both teams:


WR Robert Woods (knee).

WR Marquise Goodwin (hamstring), QB Thad Lewis (ribs), QB E.J. Manuel (knee), DT Kyle Williams (Achilles).


T Marcus Gilbert (ankle).

T Kelvin Beachum (knee), G David DeCastro (ankle), DE Cameron Heyward (knee), TE Heath Miller (non-injury), CB Ivan Taylor (concussion), WR Markus Wheaton (finger), LB Vince Williams.

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