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Marrone says Bills QB Lewis is 50-50 to play Sunday against Chiefs

  • Buffalo Bills quarterback Thad Lewis (9) passes under pressure from New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette (93) during the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

    Buffalo Bills quarterback Thad Lewis (9) passes under pressure from New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette (93) during the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)  (The Associated Press)

  • Buffalo Bills quarterback Thad Lewis (9) passes during the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

    Buffalo Bills quarterback Thad Lewis (9) passes during the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)  (The Associated Press)

Buffalo Bills quarterback Thad Lewis has missed practice Wednesday because of sore ribs and is "50-50" to play Sunday against the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs, coach Doug Marrone says.

Rookie Jeff Tuel and free-agent addition Matt Flynn split the first-team reps. Starting quarterback EJ Manuel remains out for the next game with a knee injury.

The Bills (3-5) have lost three of four in preparing to host the Chiefs (8-0).

Lewis continued playing despite being hurt on the first play from scrimmage in a 35-17 loss at New Orleans on Sunday. Lewis had taken off on a run up the left side, when linebacker David Hawthorne struck the quarterback with a helmet-first hit into the right ribs. Lewis fumbled the ball and had difficulty getting off the field.

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