Buffalo Bills pass rusher Shaq Lawson will undergo shoulder surgery on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), the team announced.
Lawson, the No. 19 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft and the Bills’ first selection, does not have a set timetable for a return, but ESPN reported the injury would likely sideline him for five to six months.
“I want to take this opportunity to commend Shaq Lawson and his representatives for putting the team first by having this surgery on his shoulder done now,” Bills general manager Doug Whaley said in a release. “By doing so, he’s forsaking personal goals to be 100 percent healthy when we will need him most during the regular season. Fans constantly hear us say that we want players with tremendous character who keep team goals ahead of personal ones and Shaq is a great example of this.”
Lawson stated before the draft that the shoulder injury was one he sustained as a freshman at Clemson. He played in all 15 of Clemson’s games last season and recorded 12½ sacks. Still, the injury was rumored to have given some teams pause.
Whaley said after the draft that he expected Lawson to be a Day 1 starter opposite Jerry Hughes.