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Bills' EJ Manuel likes chances to return vs. Steelers

Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel says he's been cleared for contact and expects to have a shot to return as soon as Sunday, when Buffalo travels to play the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Rookie QB has missed 4 games with knee sprain

Bills quarterback EJ Manuel has been cleared for contact but will need head coach Doug Marrone's approval to suit up for Sunday's game against the Steelers in Pittsburgh. (Seth Wenig/Associated Press)

Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel says he's been cleared for contact and expects to have a shot to return as soon as Sunday, when Buffalo travels to play the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Manuel said Monday he needs approval from coach Doug Marrone, who was scheduled to speak with reporters later in the day.

Also Monday, the Bills released quarterback Matt Flynn in another indication Manuel is ready to return from injury.

Manuel has missed four games since spraining his right knee. The Bills (3-6) have gone 1-3 without their rookie first-round pick.

Thad Lewis was promoted from the practice squad and went 1-2 before being sidelined with bruised ribs.

That left Buffalo turning to undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel, who was inconsistent in a 23-13 loss to Kansas City on Sunday.

Flynn was cut Monday, three weeks after the Bills signed the sixth-year player.

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