A source has told ESPN's Adam Scheffer that Lawson (pectoral) has been cut by the Bills. This is a pretty big surprise, considering that Lawson was supposed to start at outside linebacker until Shaq Lawson returned from injury. The Bills will get some cap relief, and go with a more unproven linebacker until at least Week 7, when Shaq is eligible to return. Manny Lawson will probably get picked up by someone, though there's still a possible one-game suspension looming over his head.
Lawson (pectoral) may be facing a one-game suspension for a domestic violence incident, Tim Graham of the Buffalo News reports. The nature of Lawson's offense is unclear, as violations of the NFL's domestic violence policy are supposed to result in a minimum suspension of six games. The veteran outside linebacker was just activated from the Non-Football Injury list on Tuesday, after tearing his pectoral while lifting weights in the offseason. Between injuries and suspensions, the Buffalo front seven is already looking severely depleted.
Lawson (pectoral) has been cleared to practice and was taken off the NFI list on Tuesday. Lawson is now set to start the season at outside linebacker, which is very welcome news for a Buffalo defense that's already lost three key linebackers this summer. If Lawson hadn't been able to return by Week 1, the Bills would have been digging deep to start someone at the other outside spot opposite Jerry Hughes.
While coach Rex Ryan doesn't have a firm health update on Lawson (pectoral), he still expects his linebacker to be ready for the regular season, The Buffalo News reports. "He's still got that pec but I know one thing. He seems to think that he's doing much better," said Ryan. "We don't think-we definitely think that he'll be ready by Week 1." With Reggie Ragland out for the season and Shaq Lawson out for perhaps half of it, a starting outside linebacker spot awaits Manny Lawson when he's ready for action. None of the understudies has really stepped up in his absence.
Lawson, who's been on the NFI list since the start of training camp with a partially torn pec muscle, will be ready for Week 1, BuffaloBills.com reports. Lawson is expected to start at outside linebacker with rookie Shaq Lawson expected to miss at least a handful of regular season games, though we're sure the Bills would like to see Manny get in at least one preseason game. He's a smart, veteran player, however, so he shouldn't need too much time to show the Bills he's ready for Week 1 against the Ravens.