Tuel to start for Bills

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Updated: 11/04/2013 4:53 pm

Orchard Park, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel will make his first NFL start for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday against the undefeated Chiefs.

Bills quarterback Thad Lewis, who started Buffalo's last three games in place of a still-injured E.J. Manuel, is inactive after hurting his ribs on the opening play from scrimmage in last Sunday's 35-17 loss at New Orleans. He remained in the game, however, and completed 22-of-39 passes for 234 yards with one touchdown and an interception.

Lewis was listed as doubtful on Friday's injury report.

Tuel came on in relief in a Week 5 loss to the Browns, when Manuel suffered his knee injury. He struggled as Manuel's replacement in the 37-24 loss, completing just 8-of-20 passes for 80 yards and an interception.

The 22-year-old Tuel was nearly the opening day starter for the Bills after Manuel underwent minor knee surgery in August, but the first-round pick recovered quickly and was under center Week 1 against New England.

Tuel and veteran Matt Flynn each received reps with the first-team offense during the week. Flynn will be the No. 2 quarterback Sunday.

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