Buffalo Bills’ first-round draft pick Shaq Lawson will undergo surgery for a pre-existing shoulder injury, the team announced Monday.
Lawson, a defensive end selected 19th overall out of Clemson, is scheduled to go under the knife on Tuesday to repair a torn labrum.
The Bills released the following statement Monday afternoon:
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Bills general manager Doug Whaley initially downplayed the severity of the injury, saying team doctors evaluated Lawson’s shoulder and determined he would be fine to play in his rookie season. Whaley has since changed his tune, and credited Lawson for being proactive about the surgery in a team-released statement: