Lotulelei suffered a back injury in Thursday's preseason opener against the Panthers, Sal Capaccio of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Fortunately for Buffalo, head coach Sean McDermott does not believe the injury Lotulelei suffered is a serious one. Lotulelei is expected to play a crucial role in the Bills' defensive front this season, so don't be surprised if the team exercises cautious with the defensive tackle, even if it is a minor injury.
Lotulelei is slated to ink a five-year deal with the BillsESPN.com reports.
Lotulelei, the No. 14 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, played under current Bills head coach Sean McDermott from 2013 through 2016, while McDermott was the Panthers' defensive coordinator. While Lotulelei isn't much of an IDP factor, having logged 25 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 16 starts for Carolina last season, the 6-foot-2, 315-pounder is a capable run-stuffer, who will provide the Bills defense with a needed upgrade in that area.
Lotulelei had 25 tackles (six solo) and 1.5 sacks in the 2017 season.
It was a slight regression from the 26-tackle, four-sack performance of 2016, but he played less snaps this campaign. In his fifth year, Lotulelei proved consistent enough to man the front of one of the league's strongest defensive units.
Lotulelei recorded two tackles and 0.5 sacks in Sunday's win over the Packers.
Sunday marked Lotulelei's first sack since Week 1. The big run stuffer now has 23 tackles (6 solo) on the season.
Lotulelei (shoulder) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Lotulelei was held out of practice Wednesday with the shoulder problem, but it appears as though it was just precautionary, as the defensive tackle was back in a full capacity the next day. Expect Lotulelei to be a full go in Sunday's matchup with the Patriots.
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|4||9/30/18||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ IND||1:00 pm|
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