A source has told ESPN's Adam Scheffer that Lawson (pectoral) has been cut by the Bills.
This is a pretty big surprise, considering Lawson was supposed to start at outside linebacker opposite Jerry Hughes 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 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 Tuesday.
Lawson is now set to start the season at outside linebacker, which is 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.
Lawton suffered an injury during a personal workout earlier this month and the Bills have listed him on the Active Non-Football Injury list, BuffaloBills.com reports.
Lawson, usually a smart role player, is expected to play an even bigger role- perhaps a starting one - until first-round rookie Shaq Lawson heals from shoulder surgery. We'll see if this is just a short-term concern, as the Bills would find themselves digging pretty deep for outside linebacker help if it wasn't, and that'd be a shame before the season even started.
With Shaq Lawson's shoulder injury expected to linger into the regular season, Manny Lawson is expected to start at outside linebacker, BuffaloBills.com reports. "Manny was always going to have a big role for us, albeit as a super sub like a sixth man in basketball if you will," said coach Rex Ryan. "He can back up all four spots (at linebacker). You can put him anywhere. He's such a smart player, but today we absolutely put him in there with the first group at that outside linebacker spot."
Jerry Hughes and Preston Brown would seem to be the more attractive IDP linebackers in this defense, but Manny Lawson can do a number of things capably and he's at least worth keeping an eye on until the younger first-rounder is back from surgery and ready to take over.
Lawson finished the 2015 season with 47 tackles, one sack, one interception, and five passes defensed.
Lawson played 64.4 percent of the defensive snaps, third among linebackers behind Preston Brown and Nigel Bradham. Lawson saw just 31.3 percent snaps the previous season, so it's clear he's curried more favor with the new coaching staff. Coach Rex Ryan raved about Lawson's smarts on the field, so he would appear to be in line for a regular role again next season. That said, Brown - with two 100-plus tackle seasons in his first two NFL season - is the linebacker to own in this defense from a fantasy perspective.
Lawson saw a season-high 73 defensive snaps in last week's win over Houston. while notching eight tackles.
Lawson also saw 10 special teams snaps. While he's not technically a starter, expect the Bills to keep using Lawson heavily since he can play multiple spots, the Bills have a banged-up defense, and the team sees him as one of its smartest players on the field - something that always helps in Rex Ryan's complex defense.
Bills defensive end Manny Lawson was on the field for just 28 of the the team's 77 defensive plays in Sunday's win over the Colts, BuffaloBills.com reports. He registered just one tackle and no other significant stats.
Lawson is a starter on the depth chart and there will certainly be games where he sees the field more than this, but let this be a reminder that Rex Ryan defenses use a number of interchangeable parts. Unless it's one of the stars or three-down players, best not to get involved from an IDP perspective.
Several Bills who were on the injury report are active for Monday's game against the Jets in Detroit. The group includes cornerback Ron Brooks (groin), kicker Dan Carpenter (groin), wideout Chris Hogan (hip), defensive end Manny Lawson (ankle) and guard Kraig Urbik (shoulder).
The Bills have ruled out Jarius Wynn (knee) for Monday's game against the Jets. Ron Brooks (groin) and Fred Jackson (groin) were deemed as questionable for Week 12.
Meanwhile, the following players were ruled as probable: Dan Carpenter (groin), Marquise Goodwin (ankle), Chris Hogan (hip), Manny Lawson (ankle), Kyle Orton (toe), Frank Summers (neck), Kraig Urbik (shoulder) and Sammy Watkins (groin).
Despite a successful first season in the middle of the Bills defense, Kiko Alonso won't play there in 2014. That's according to Bills GM Doug Whaley, who said on WGR 550 AM that Alonso will move to weak-side linebacker in 2014 with new linebacker Keith Rivers playing at the strong side.
So who will man the middle? The Bills are hosting free-agent candidates but Whaley seems to think that "guys on campus" will get a crack at it first. Ty Powell was someone Whaley named specifically.
As for linebacker Manny Lawson, Whaley said he'd like to see him become a "hybrid" player, which ESPN believes is code for a diminishing role.
Bills linebacker Manny Lawson totaled five tackles (three solo), one sack and one fumble recovery during a 37-14 win Week 11 vs. N.Y. Jets. He's now up to 52 tackles (37 solo) and two sacks in 10 games.
Bills defensive lineman Kyle Williams (Achilles) and linebacker Manny Lawson (not injury related) were able to take the field in Week 10 against the Steelers Sunday, despite being listed on Friday's injury report.
A personal issue that had Bills linebacker Manny Lawson absent from practice Friday could force him out of the game Sunday against the host Steelers. Lewis has been deemed questionable.
Bills outside linebacker Manny Lawson was excused from Friday practice for personal reasons, the team has reported. There has been no indication, however, that his availability for the game Sunday in Pittsburgh is threatened.
Bills wide receiver Chris Hogan (back), wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (elbow), linebacker Manny Lawson (hamstring), guard Kraig Urbik (knee), defensive tackle Kyle Williams (Achilles) and defensive end Mario Williams (hip) were all cleared to play Week 9 vs. Kansas City. Hogan was questionable, while the rest of the players were probable.
The Bills are quite healthy on defense heading into Week 9. All three players on the injury report on that side of the ball are probable. They are end Mario Williams (hip), tackle Kyle Williams (Achilles) and linebacker Manny Lawson (hamstring).
Bills linebacker Manny Lawson "should be good to go" Week 9 against the Chiefs, according to head coach Doug Marrone.
Lawson was inactive for Week 8 due to a hamstring issue. Through seven games, he has 29 tackles and one sack.