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Bills bench quarterback Manuel, to start Orton instead against Detroit

  • Buffalo Bills' EJ Manuel (3) looks to throw against the Houston Texans during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Buffalo Bills' EJ Manuel (3) looks to throw against the Houston Texans during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)  (The Associated Press)

  • Houston Texans' J.J. Watt (99) chased by Buffalo Bills' EJ Manuel (3) after Watt intercepted a his pass during the third quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Houston. Watt returned the ball 80 yards for a touchdown.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Houston Texans' J.J. Watt (99) chased by Buffalo Bills' EJ Manuel (3) after Watt intercepted a his pass during the third quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Houston. Watt returned the ball 80 yards for a touchdown.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)  (The Associated Press)

  • Houston Texans' J.J. Watt (99) pressures Buffalo Bills' EJ Manuel (3) who looks to pass during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Houston Texans' J.J. Watt (99) pressures Buffalo Bills' EJ Manuel (3) who looks to pass during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)  (The Associated Press)

The Buffalo Bills have benched starting quarterback EJ Manuel.

Coach Doug Marrone announced Monday that Kyle Orton will start Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions.

Manuel was the Bills' first-round draft pick in 2013 and had started 14 games over the past two seasons.

Manuel had a season-low quarterback rating of 59.4 and threw an interception that was returned for a momentum-changing touchdown Sunday during the Bills' 23-17 loss to Houston.

Buffalo signed Orton on August 30 to back up Manuel. Orton, a nine-year NFL veteran, spent the past two seasons in Dallas before being cut by the Cowboys in mid-July after he skipped the team's offseason workouts amid reports that he was considering retirement.