Bills expect Shaq Lawson to play in Week Seven


Bills first-round pick Shaq Lawson has not been on the field since aggravating a shoulder injury in May and having surgery that led him to the physically unable to perform list.

Lawson is required to spend at least the first six weeks of the regular season on the list before he’s eligible to return to practice or play in any games. On Monday, coach Rex Ryan said that the expectation is that Lawson will be off the list as soon as possible and that the team won’t waste any time plugging him into the lineup.

“I think he is going to be ready to roll,” Ryan said, via the Buffalo News. “When his time is up, he is doing a really good job in the weight room and things. Now he is not going to be in football shape, so don’t expect him to come in and being starting. He hasn’t even been through one practice, one NFL practice, but we will definitely work him in when he gets back. I would anticipate him getting back as soon as he is eligible.”

Ryan was asked if that meant Lawson would also play in Week Seven despite his lack of practice time and answered in the affirmative.

It’s hard to guess what Lawson might be able to bring to the team after so little time working with the defense, but certainly the hope is that he’ll boost the pass rush in Buffalo. The Bills will get more immediate defensive help this week with the return of defensive tackle Marcell Dareus from his suspension.

7 responses to “Bills expect Shaq Lawson to play in Week Seven

  1. Uh oh….are the Bills FINALLY starting to put it together? Recent history says no but we will see.

  2. It would be nice to have him back, but honestly Lorenzo Alexander hasn’t been doing a bad job. But I can definitely see Lawson rotating in on pass rushing downs and third and short.

  3. Hes been in the film room with the rest of the defense during his recovery so he will know the playbook, all the calls and the gameplan for the day.

    For Lawson its just a matter of translating that knowledge to the game field with just 6 days of physical practice and being to hold up to an NFL game. rex is right not to start him, but give him 5-10 snaps a game to spell Lorenzo Alexander on the outside and get Lawson rolling.

  4. Good news but for the most part even healthy rookie DE/OLBs need game reps to get used to playing in the NFL. I wouldn’t expect him to make too much of an initial impact.

    Bringing him slowly and having him spell Lorenzo (who leads the team with Jerry Hughes in sacks) is a good move. I like where this is going with the D.

  5. Wouldn’t expect an immediate boost but the second half of the season could be just the training he needs should the Bills make the playoffs.

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