The Buffalo Bills received some good news today when it was confirmed by head coach Doug Marrone that quarterback EJ Manuel and wide receiver Marquise Goodwin would play this Sunday according to Chris Brown of the team’s official website.
Although running back C.J. Spiller and wide receiver Robert Woods might be hobbled by their respective ankle injuries, the fact that Buffalo’s starting quarterback and one of their top three wide receivers will play should provide a huge boost to the team’s offense.
Rookie UDFA Jeff Tuel struggled last weekend against Kansas City, so it will be an enormous plus for Buffalo to have their starting quarterback back in action against the struggling Steelers. Manuel, who has posted a 2-3 record this season as a starter, has been sidelined since he sustained a knee injury during the Bills’ Week Five loss to Cleveland.
Although Buffalo possesses one of the best offensive lines and rushing attacks in the league with Fred Jackson and Spiller, Manuel’s return could not come at a better time since Spiller could be less than 100% for the upcoming game.
Goodwin, another rookie, has established himself as a speedy field-stretcher for the Bills this fall. While Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods have garnered the most attention from Buffalo’s signal-callers, the former Texas Longhorn is averaging 21.4 yards on his eight catches this fall and has hauled in two of them for touchdowns.
If Goodwin’s injured hamstring does not limit him, he could be a viable threat for the Bills in the slot and opening up space for Johnson and Buffalo’s other pass-catchers against Pittsburgh’s suspect secondary.
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