Buffalo Bills' Doug Marrone hopeful on EJ Manuel fitness

Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone is hopeful that quarterback EJ Manuel will be fit enough to start the season following knee surgery.

Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone is hopeful that first-round pick EJ Manuel will be fit for the start of the season.

The quarterback underwent minor surgery on a knee injury and will miss the Bills' remaining pre-season game against the Detroit Lions.

When asked if Manuel would be fit for their season opener, Marrone told the club's official website: "That's what I'm hoping for. He had the procedure done and he was with us on the field the other day just watching and observing.

"I think we just have to wait until that period where the doctor looks at him and says, 'Here's where we are.'"

Buffalo begin their regular season campaign against the New England Patriots on September 8.

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