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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – 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.