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Shaq Lawson needs shoulder surgery, expected to miss 5-6 months


Lady Luck is certainly not smiling down on the Buffalo Bills.

Fresh off the news Monday that wide receiver Sammy Watkins suffered a broken foot, now, defensive end Shaq Lawson, the Bills’ first-round pick in last month’s draft, is expected to miss the next 5-6 months after re-injuring his shoulder, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Lawson is said to have suffered the injury, an aggravation of a pre-existing one, in a non-contact tackling drill.

The Bills promptly announced that the injury to Lawson will require preemptive surgery.

Lawson’s shoulder was a red flag for many teams heading into the draft with Albert Breer of NFL Network reporting in March that the issue has been identified dating all the way back to the combine.

Schefter also reported soon after the Bills had selected Lawson that he would likely require shoulder surgery to address the injury at some point.

The 5-6 month timetable means that Lawson is unlikely to make his debut for the Bills until October or November. Given that he will miss all of training camp and the preseason over that span as well, it could be a growing pain-filled rookie season for the edge rusher in 2016.

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H/T Rotoworld


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