Shaq Lawson will practice this week


The Bills defense has been in a groove over the course of the team’s four-game winning streak and they’ll be getting some more help on that side of the ball this week.

Bills coach Rex Ryan said Monday that linebacker Shaq Lawson will practice with the team on Wednesday. Lawson, the team’s first-round pick in April, has been out since having shoulder surgery in the spring.

Lawson has been on the physically unable to perform list and his return to practice will open a 21-day window to add him to the 53-man roster or shut him down altogether.

Ryan said, via Mike Rodak of, that it’s uncertain right now whether Lawson will play against the Dolphins in Week Seven. If he does play, it will be as a backup to Lorenzo Alexander. Alexander leads the league in sacks, so there’s not much need to explain why the Bills will stick with the status quo.

Lawson’s surgery left the Bills with some egg on their face because there were concerns about his shoulder heading into the draft that the team shrugged off. Should he make positive contributions over the second half, those memories will fade as the Bills try to push their way into the playoffs for the first time since 1999.

14 responses to “Shaq Lawson will practice this week

  1. It will be interesting to see what kind of impact Lawson can make right out of the gate without being under much pressure. Regardless, through six games on the PUP he’s still been more effective than Mario Williams was all last season.

  2. Shaq couldn’t been in a more perfect situation. NO need to come in and be a world beater of the bat. He has time to learn this defense and grow since we’re already playing at a very high level. I mean we had all of 21 sacks the entire last year and we have 20 now. Our D is ranked 5th in point allowed with 17 a game. We have the leading tackler in the league in Zach Brown and the leading sacker in the league in Zo Alexander. Those were a few signings that went way under the radar. Gotta thank Doug Whaley for that. And now in addition to how great we’re playing, we get our 1st rounder back and don’t feel pressure to just throw him out there. PLUS we’ll be getting our All Pro defensive tackle back in Marcel Dareus soon, so things are shaping up just like they need to be. My dream scenario would be to get both Shaq and Marcel back this week against the fins so they can get a game under their belts before the clash with the Pats!….LET’S GO BUFFALO!!!!

  3. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Oct 17, 2016 5:22 PM

    Remember when all the loser fish fans(and other fans) were bashing Rex and Bills for ruining the defense and Mario Williams?

    You may be eating your words someday soon. A short win streak doesn’t make you playoff material. Just sayin. To be honest with you, I hope it’s legitimate. It would be great for the AFC east, the NFL in general and would be a great rivalry for the Pats. If Rex could deliver a playoff team , it would be a great story. Good luck.

  4. No one is eating any words. Mario Williams since PED testing was instituted has done nothing. Has done nothing in Miami either after 6 games and will do nothing for the next 10 games.

    Miami shot their load on Pittsburgh. Is that politically correct ?

  5. I am excited to see what Lawson brings to the table in Buffalo… Hopefully he will learn as much as he can from veteran’s Kyle Williams & Marcell Dareus, because in college he was known to be a one or two move kind of pass rusher. Only time will tell…

    As for the next game in Miami, I am quite nervous to play them. There are several ex-Bills on the Miami roster that have that little extra to play for since Buffalo either let them walk or traded them away. Mario Williams- He is going to really want to prove to Buffalo that he is still the monster pass rusher he was once considered. Kiko Alonso- Hopefully there is no hard feelings since it is kind of a boost knowing you were worth LeSean McCoy type play to get traded. MarQueis Gray- He will want to prove Buffalo made a mistake letting him walk last year… He has been getting more snaps since Cameron has been injured.
    Never sleep on anyone in this league… Any given Sunday.
    Miami, New England & Seattle… The Bills have got to be playing their best ball the next three weeks, otherwise this 4 game run will mean nothing.

  6. I don’t understand all the Mario Williams bashing by bills fans. He was the most productive DE since Marcellus Wiley. Yeah we overpaid but that’s not Mario’s fault. Cut the guy some slack. Nobody on the Bills defense performed last year.

    Bills fan

  7. I don’t understand all the Mario Williams bashing by bills fans.

    You must not have watched the games then. Mario could turn it on and be an absolute beast and then look completely disinterested and disappear for plays/series/games (last year: almost an entire season). That doesn’t go over well in a blue collar town like Buffalo, or most cities.

    Guys like Kyle Williams and Fred Jackson who may not be as ultra-talented but give all they have every single down are much more valuable and fun to watch.

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