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EJ Manuel "looking forward to getting to practice"

Posted Nov 4, 2013

The Bills quarterback talks with the media on Monday morning about his knee, being cleared to practice, and providing a spark to the offense.

QB EJ Manuel
Monday, November 4, 2013

Q: How’s the knee?

A: Feeling a lot better working out on it the past week. Had a good workout yesterday before the game. Felt really good. It was good to get out there in the cold too, to move around in that and see how it felt after. So it’s feeling good.

Q: What is the expectation in regards to you practicing Wednesday and then Sunday?

A: Definitely looking forward to getting to practice, full course, taking as many reps as coach allows me to get. Then moving forward from there it’s his decision at the end of the day, so I’m just going to go out there and continue to work hard and get back to where I was.

Q: You’ve been cleared for everything?
A: Yeah.

Q: How did that session before the game yesterday doing some things that you weren’t doing during the week?
A: Yeah, I was doing that during the week. Not so much during the practices, but after practice and before practice. I was definitely getting a workout in with Coach Vrable and obviously Coach Hackett too. Just throwing to a couple receivers after practice.

Q: Were you able to learn and progress while not actually being on the field and in the games?
A: Yeah, definitely. Whether I was up in the box watching it from up top or on the sideline watching my teammates play, I still took a lot away from it, the good and the bad. From Thad (Lewis)’s success and Jeff (Tuel) yesterday watching the game, just try to learn from everything.

Q: Have you had to make any adjustments while working back through this injury?
A: Not really. I haven’t really felt any difference in what I’ve always naturally done. You just rehab it, get it better and just move forward.

Q: How much do you feel you’ll be able to hit the ground running by throwing to the guys last week routes versus air?
A: I think I’ll be fine. I’ve been throwing to these guys for the past however many months. I don’t really think that will be a problem.

Q: Do you have an idea of what your chances might be to play Sunday?
A: That’s up to Coach. I know I’m going to be out there ready to go to practice and get back to work with the guys.

Q: Are you experiencing any discomfort or soreness still?
A: Just continuing to move on it. Haven’t felt anything bad.

Q: Do you have confidence in the leg?
A: If you’re going to be out there trying to play, thinking about an injury you can’t play. I don’t really think about it.

Q: How much do you think this injury has setback your development?
A: I don’t really look at it that way. Like I said, when I wasn’t playing I still took the mental reps and people can say that’s a cliché thing but I really took it to heart to try to make sure I was still getting those reps I would’ve got if I wasn’t hurt. Mentally just making sure I was prepared and try to be a smarter player than I was before.

Q: How much have you learned from the experience of possibly getting out of bounds and not taking those hits?
A: That’s just a part of playing football. That could have happened playing basketball too. I’m not going to play scared or anything like that. I’m going to continue to try to get as many yards as I can, but at the same time just slide or get out of bounds or throw it away when you get out of the pocket.

Q: On that play that you were hurt on, should you have gotten out of bounds?

A: Get the first down, get down and get out of bounds. It happens, it’s over with now. I’m just moving forward now.

Q: Do you realize the potential lift your reinsertion to the lineup could provide the offense?
A: I would hope so. To be able to come back and get in the flow with the rest of the guys. The o-line has done a great job since I’ve been out, Thad did a great job when I was out as well and Jeff did good too. Hopefully I can get back in to it and just pick back up.

Q: As the franchise quarterback, do you feel a responsibility to protect yourself from injury?
A: Yeah, when you can you get down. We call it the Peyton Manning rule. If you’re in the pocket and about to get crushed, try to get down as soon as possible. Those veteran guys do a great job of that of understanding they may not be able to take off, but if you don’t have anything get down and protect yourself.

Q: Is it now a matter of telling Coach you’re ready and then he has to give the go ahead?

A: He knows where I’m at so I think it’s more so on him and obviously how we practice as a team and moving forward to Sunday.