Lawson (knee) doesn't have a clear timeline to return to the field, Fletcher Page of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "The goal overall is just be ready for the first game," he said. "That's my goal to be set for. Be back by training camp or be back by this date - I'm not going to sit there and rush it. I'm not. I'm ahead of schedule, but then again I could be down schedule. Until I feel right I'm not coming back. The goal is definitely the first game," Lawson said.
Lawson will be over 10 months removed from surgery to repair a torn ACL when the regular season opens in September. While it's not unrealistic to think he could return to team drills sometime during training camp, there also seems to be a decent chance Lawson opens training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Lawson, who suffered an ACL tear Oct. 28 against the Buccaneers that will require season-ending surgery, was spotted with a brace on his left knee Monday, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.
It had previously been believed that Lawson was dealing with a torn ACL in his right knee, the same injury he dealt with during his freshman year of college at Auburn. Fortunately for Lawson, he damaged the ACL of the other knee instead, which should increase his chances of bouncing back from the procedure effectively. The Bengals will likely reveal a timeline for Lawson's recovery once the surgery is completed, but he should have a decent shot at being available for Week 1 of the 2019 season.
Lawson (knee) was officially placed on injured reserve Monday, Fletcher Page of Cincinnati.com reports.
Lawson tore his ACL on Oct. 28 against the Buccaneers and will be sidelined for the remainder of the season. Per the report, Lawson -- who suffered the same injury in college -- expects his recovery to take about eight months, though that is far from a certainty. The second-year linebacker had six tackles and one sack on the year before going down. Michael Johnson and Sam Hubbard will likely see increased workloads in Lawson's absence.
Lawson was diagnosed with a torn ACL in his right knee after exiting Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, spelling an end to his season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Lawson had struggled to make an impact with only one sack through the Bengals' first seven games, so the injury officially ends any chance of the edge rusher making amends with a big second half. With Lawson out of commission, the Bengals may be forced to rely more heavily on veteran Michael Johnson and rookie Sam Hubbard at defensive end the rest of the way.
Lawson (knee) will not return to Sunday's game against the Buccaneers due to a knee injury, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.
Lawson suffered a knee injury during the first half of Cincinnati's contest against the Bengals, the severity of which will prevent him from returning to the Week 8 matchup. The depth defensive end's absence is unlikely to impact the Bengals' defense, since starters Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson remain uninjured.