Bills first-round pick Shaq Lawson to have shoulder surgery

Buffalo Bills first-round pick Shaq Lawson will be taking a preemptive strike against a lingering shoulder issue by undergoing surgery later this week. The team announced their intentions to take care of the problem before it actually becomes an issue on Monday.

The Bills have scheduled Lawson’s surgery for Tuesday morning, but have not set a timetable for his return.

Bills DE Shaq Lawson will have preemptive shoulder surgery tomorrow.

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“I want to take this opportunity to commend Shaq Lawson and his representatives for putting the team first by having this surgery on his shoulder done now,” Bills GM Doug Whaley said in a released statement. “By doing so, he’s forsaking personal goals to be 100 percent healthy when we will need him most during the regular season. Fans constantly hear us say that we want players with tremendous character who keep team goals ahead of personal ones and Shaq is a great example of this.”

Lawson was projected to move from defensive end to outside linebacker and likely start at that position this year. There is a still a good chance of him winning the starting job, but he will just be a bit behind the eight ball when he does return later this year.

Stay with Campus Sports for the latest update on his surgery and when the 2016 first-round pick will return to the field.

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