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June 3, 2021 09:12 PM
Bills' Star Lotulelei: Ready to resume career
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lotulelei has been participating in spring work and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier is excited to get him back into the fold, Dante Lasting of the Bills' official site reports.

Lotulelei sat out 2020 due to concerns during the pandemic, but the seven-year veteran is ready to join his teammates again following the Bills' run to the AFC Championship Game. Lotulelei was previously a starter and the team's best run stopper, but Ed Oliver has one of the starting defensive tackle spots locked down, so the former will likely compete with Vernon Butler and Harrison Phillips for playing time, plus Oliver still sits out a certain percentage of plays. Even if Lotulelei doesn't start this season, he'll still see the field regularly when the opponent is likely to run the ball.

March 16, 2021 04:48 PM
Bills' Star Lotulelei: Will return in 2021
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lotulelei plans to return to the Bills in 2021, Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic reports.

Lotulelei opted out of the 2020 campaign but plans to return to Buffalo's defensive line this coming season. He started all 16 games in his first campaign after signing with the Bills in 2019, registering 19 tackles and two sacks.

July 28, 2020 02:20 PM
Bills' Star Lotulelei: Joins opt-out list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lotulelei is taking a voluntary opt-out for the 2020 NFL season, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

The 30-year-old defensive tackle reportedly will now see the final three years of his contract pushed back to 2021-23. His absence isn't great news for the Buffalo run defense, but few teams are better prepared to withstand a major loss along the line. The Bills still have Ed Oliver, Vernon Butler, Harrison Phillips (knee) and Quinton Jefferson at defensive tackle.

February 11, 2020 04:12 PM
Bills' Star Lotulelei: Restructures contract
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lotulelei and the Bills have agreed to terms on a restructured contract Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Lotulelei has three years remaining on his deal with Buffalo, the restructured terms of which include a drop in base salary for 2020 but an increase in fully guaranteed benefits. The 30-year-old veteran's reliability along the defensive line has been key for Buffalo's defense in his two seasons with the team, though his contributions don't manifest themselves in a way that lends to IDP relevance.

January 29, 2020 09:28 PM
Bills' Star Lotulelei: Steady plugger in 2019
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lotulelei finished his second season with the Bills with 19 total tackles, two sacks, one pass breakup and his first career interception across 16 games.

The production was slightly higher than Lotulelei's initial campaign with the Bills, though he's not out there to be an IDP stud. The seven-year veteran does what he's paid to do well, however, and his teammates rave about how much he's able to take up space. Assuming the team brings back Lotulelei for the third season of his five-year deal in 2020 and figures out a way to get Jordan Phillips (9.5 sacks) back in the fold, Buffalo could boast one of the league's better defensive tackle rotations. Those two players would be complemented by 2019 top-10 pick Ed Oliver and Harrison Phillips, who missed most of the season with a torn ACL.

November 26, 2019 07:48 PM
Bills' Star Lotulelei: Records another sack
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lotulelei added his second sack in as many weeks Sunday against the Broncos.

Lotulelei has totaled four tackles over the Bills' past two games, including a pair of sacks after failing to register a quarterback take-down through the team's first nine contests of the season.

November 19, 2019 12:48 AM
Bills' Star Lotulelei: Registers first sack of season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lotulelei logged three tackles and one sack during Sunday's 37-20 victory over Miami.

Lotulelei took advantage of a poor Dolphins offensive line after failing to do so in the first meeting of the season in Week 7. However, that was just his first sack in two seasons with the Bills, so it could be optimistic to expect another one anytime soon.

September 25, 2019 12:04 AM
Bills' Star Lotulelei: Big plugger, small production
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lotulelei had one tackle while playing 21 defensive snaps during Sunday's win over the Bengals.

A rotational starter, Lotulelei is far more important to the Buffalo defense than he is to fantasy rosters, as his job is to take up space and funnel ball carriers to other tacklers in what's proven to be a stout unit. Last season, Lotulelei played all 16 games and put up just 17 tackles and no sacks. While his playing time may go up a bit with fellow DT Harrison Phillips (knee) ruled out for the season, the Bills offer far better IDP plays along their defensive line, namely Jerry Hughes, Trent Murphy or first-round rookie Ed Oliver.

October 24, 2018 01:00 AM
Bills' Star Lotulelei: Production not found on paper
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Through his first seven games as a Bill, Lotulelei has posted seven tackles (five solo) and no sacks.

That's the type of production an interior lineman could get by just standing there and waving his arms over seven games, but the coaching staff is vehement that Lotulelei has played a major role in improving the run defense, which was awful last season. The team is ranked a middling 16th this season, but that's marred after getting surprisingly gashed by the Colts in Week 7 after being relatively stout all season. Last season, the Bills ranked 29th against the run even though they made the playoffs. Lotulelei will continue to do his job of clogging the middle and clearing lanes, letting his linebackers teammate make the plays.

August 14, 2018 08:04 AM
Bills' Star Lotulelei: Returns to practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lotulelei is back at practice Monday after suffering a minor back injury in Thursday's preseason opener, Joe Buscaglia of reports.

The starting defensive tackle missed some practice time over the weekend, but even if he's limited Monday, it looks like he'll be fine. Lotulelei is set to start next to Kyle Williams -- with rookie Harrison Phillips spelling the two -- in what should be a decent defensive line for the team.

August 12, 2018 12:24 AM
Bills' Star Lotulelei: Suffers back injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 caution with the defensive tackle, even if it is a minor injury.

March 13, 2018 03:04 PM
Star Lotulelei: Headed for Buffalo
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lotulelei is slated to ink a five-year deal with the Bills, 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.

January 15, 2018 04:20 PM
Panthers' Star Lotulelei: Makes 25 tackles in 2015
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

December 20, 2017 11:36 AM
Panthers' Star Lotulelei: Sack in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 (six solo) on the season.

September 28, 2017 04:36 PM
Panthers' Star Lotulelei: Full participant Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 27, 2017 08:24 PM
Panthers' Star Lotulelei: Nursing shoulder injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lotulelei (shoulder) didn't practice Wednesday, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports.

It's unclear when this injury was sustained, so it's hard to project a true recovery time. The Panthers' next game is Sunday against the Patriots so expect more information as that approaches. Lotulelei has six tackles this season as the Panthers' starting defensive tackle.

August 9, 2017 09:12 PM
Panthers' Star Lotulelei: Ready to go for preseason opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lotulelei (shoulder) started in the Panthers' preseason opener Wednesday against the Texans, Joe Person of the team's official site reports.

Lotulelei, who's bouncing back from offseason shoulder surgery, was limited throughout OTAs but appears to be fully recovered now that he was cleared for preseason action.

June 15, 2017 05:08 PM
Panthers' Star Lotulelei: Limited with shoulder injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lotulelei was limited in minicamp as he recovered from offseason shoulder surgery, Joseph Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Lotulelei's shoulder injury was previously unreported and isn't thought to be very serious. It's anticipated that the starting defensive lineman will return in full when training camp rolls around.

January 27, 2017 04:15 PM
Panthers' Star Lotulelei: Sets new career high
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lotulelei finished this season with 26 tackles and four sacks in 16 games played.

Lotulelei's sack total was boosted by his trio of quarterback takedowns in Week 8, and although he didn't register a single sack after that outing, his four total still set a new career high. After missing time in both of the past two seasons, Lotulelei also put together a full campaign this time around, which help him post his highest tackle total since his 2013 rookie year. With his fifth-year contract option already picked up by the Panthers, Lotulelei will return to the team next season, when he'll hope his partner in crime, Kawann Short, will reach his own agreement to remain in Carolina as well.

October 31, 2016 11:41 PM
Panthers' Star Lotulelei: Three sacks against Cardinals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lotulelei registered six tackles (five solo) and three sacks in Sunday's win over the Cardinals.

Lotulelei led the charge as the Panthers defense got back to its dominating ways with eight sacks Sunday. With the help of three himself, Lotulelei's four sacks this season already mark a career best for him.

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