Bills sign Shaq Lawson

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It will be some time before linebacker Shaq Lawson will be back on the field for the Bills after shoulder surgery, but the injury wasn’t a reason to put off signing him to his rookie contract.

The team announced Monday that Lawson has agreed to a four-year deal with a team option for a fifth season attached because Lawson was a first-round pick last month. The Bills selected Lawson despite suggestions he’d need a shoulder operation, which became a reality after Lawson got hurt during a practice session.

He’s expected to miss training camp and some of the regular season, but the rookie says he is doing what he can to avoid falling too far behind.

“I’m still engaged in meetings and things like that,” Lawson said, via the team. “Engaged in practice and watching film. I continue to watch film like I’m still out there playing. I’m taking a lot of mental reps. I’m not physically able to do it, but a lot of mental reps. Seeing things with the older guys, things like that.”

With Lawson signed, fourth-round quarterback Cardale Jones is the only 2016 Bills draft choice without a contract.