August 12, 2013

NFL Notebook: Rookie impresses for Bills in victory

The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS - Rookie E.J. Manuel threw for 107 yards and broke a 13-13 tie with a 17-yard touchdown pass with 14 seconds left in the first half Sunday to lead the Buffalo Bills past the Indianapolis Colts 44-20 in an exhibition game.

Manuel was solid not spectacular in his preseason debut.

He finished 16 of 21 with a quarterback rating of 102.6 and wasn't sacked, though he was credited with a fumble after botching a handoff to C.J. Spiller, which led to an Indianapolis field goal.

Manuel played his best on the final drive of the first half when he was 9 of 10 for 68 yards. Most of the Bills' starters continued to play against a defense full of backups. The touchdown pass to Dorin Dickerson gave Buffalo its first lead.

TITANS: Tennessee waived safety Robert Johnson after he failed a physical.

BEARS: Chicago signed rookie long snapper Brandon Hartson and veteran safety Derrick Martin.

JETS: Rookie quarterback Geno Smith fully participated in practice despite a sore right ankle that shortened his NFL debut Friday night at Detroit.

New York released running back John Griffin with an injury, and signed running back Kahlil Bell and wide receiver Rahsaan Vaughn.

COWBOYS: Dallas released long snapper Jackson Anderson, replaced him with P.J. Mangieri and signed kicker Brett Maher.

VIKINGS: Rookie defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd will have an MRI on his injured left knee.

RAVENS: Baltimore signed receiver Brandon Stokley to a one-year contract, adding competition for its second and third receiver jobs.

CHIEFS: Kansas City returned to practice without right tackle Eric Fisher, the No. 1 overall pick who hurt his right shoulder in their preseason opener.

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