He missed some of the drills so apparently the starting DE isn't all the way back after missing Thursday's preseason opener, but it sounds as if the team has an eye on him being healthy soon.
Lawson (groin) will not play in Thursday's preseason opener against the Vikings, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.
Lawson has been having a big camp as he tried to hit the ground running for what will hopefully be his first full NFL season after being limited to 10 games in 2016, but the groin injury has set him back all week and the team isn't prepared to push things in just the first preseason contest.
Lawson suffered a groin injury during Friday's training camp session, but believes the injury is minor, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.
Based on several reports, Lawson has been the defensive MVP of camp, so we imagine plenty are hoping this is only a one- or two-day injury.
Lawson, who missed six games as a rookie due to shoulder surgery and then underwent arthroscopic knee surgery this offseason, has been participating fully in OTA, BuffaloBills.com reports. Said Lawson, "It feels great to be in everything: OTA's, off-season workouts. I feel like last year I was just, it feels like it was going by slow because I was hurt and trying to determine when I'm getting back on the field."
Not only does he have his health back -- even when Lawson played last season, he was limited -- but the 2016 first-rounder should enjoy the new 4-3 defense that he's far more familiar with compared to Rex Ryan's 3-4. Lawson will start at end across from Jerry Hughes, and might not come off the field that much considering there's not much experience behind those two quality pass rushers. The Bills might have a nasty D-Line if everyone stays healthy this season, as Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams form a pretty lethal interior pair.
Lawson has undergone arthroscopic knee surgery since the end of the regular season, USA Today reports.
This procedure is completely unrelated from the injury that delayed the start of Lawson's rookie season last fall, as that issue solely concerned his shoulder. In fact, this surgery appears to have been minor in nature considering the 2016 first-rounder isn't expected to miss any part of the Bills' offseason program.
|P3||8/26/17||@ BAL||7:00 pm|
|2||9/17/17||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|4||10/1/17||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|5||10/8/17||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 6|
|9||11/2/17||@ NYJ||8:25 pm|
|11||11/19/17||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|12||11/26/17||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|