Bills name Duke's Lewis as starting QB

Oct. 07, 2013 @ 09:05 AM

Now with his fourth NFL team, former Duke quarterback Thad Lewis will be getting his second professional start this Sunday.

Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone announced Monday morning that Lewis will be promoted from the practice squad and start at quarterback against Cincinnati this Sunday.

“Thad gives us the best chance,” Marrone said in a statement posted on the Bills’ official Twitter feed. “We're going to give him an opportunity to see what he has.”

Since leaving Duke as the school’s all-time leader in passing yards (10,065) and touchdown passes (67) following the 2009 season, Lewis has been employed by the St. Louis Rams, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and the Bills.

His only NFL regular-season game experience came last December with Cleveland when he started a 24-10 loss at Pittsburgh in the regular-season finale. Lewis completed 22 of 32 passes for 204 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Lewis is being promoted because E.J. Manuel, Buffalo’s rookie starting quarterback from Florida State, suffered a strained knee ligament during last Thursday night’s 37-24 loss at


Rookie backup quarterback Jeff Tuel took over against Cleveland after Manuel was injured. But he had a dismal night, completing 8 of 20 passes for 80 yards with one interception.

Lewis began training camp last summer with Detroit but was traded to Buffalo in August. He was cut just before the regular season but was signed to the team’s practice squad as the No. 3 quarterback.