Matt Flynn is getting his latest chance at a fresh start, this time in Buffalo on a team that has spent the past week scrambling to shore up its injury-depleted quarterback position.
A week after being cut by Oakland, Flynn signed with the Bills on Monday after spending the morning working out for general manager Doug Whaley, coach Doug Marrone and his offensive staff. The sixth-year NFL player is now on his third team since December; the Raiders acquired him in a trade with Seattle this past offseason.
“I’m happy I’m getting a fresh start,” Flynn said. “I’m happy I’m getting this opportunity with the Bills, and I’m excited about it. And hopefully it works out.”
Flynn’s signing marks the latest in a series of quarterback moves the Bills have made since rookie starter EJ Manuel sprained his right knee in a 37-24 loss to Cleveland on Oct. 3.
In the previous eight days alone, the Bills promoted Thad Lewis from their practice squad to take over as interim starter. They worked out free agents Dennis Dixon and Pat White before signing Dixon to the practice squad. And Buffalo failed in a bid to land former Tampa Bay starter Josh Freeman, who instead signed with Minnesota.
Despite Flynn’s addition, Marrone intends to stick with Lewis as his starter Sunday, when Buffalo (2-4) travels to play Miami (3-2).
Lewis gets the nod after he made a solid debut overcoming a sprained right foot and a 14-point deficit by throwing two fourth-quarter touchdowns in a 27-24 overtime loss to Cincinnati on Sunday.
Flynn will be initially groomed to serve as Lewis’ backup ahead of undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel out of Washington State, who struggled filling in for Manuel against Cleveland.
Marrone also provided an encouraging update on Manuel’s status, saying the rookie is “ahead of schedule” and has been cleared to begin rehabbing as early as today. Marrone cautioned it was too early to provide a more detailed timeline for when Manuel might be cleared for practice.
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Officials at the scene say a delivery truck driver was crushed early Monday by a bundle of rebar being unloaded from his truck.
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