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Manny Lawson | Linebacker | #91

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (33) / 7/3/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 240
College: North Carolina State
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (22) / SF
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NFL suspended free agent OLB Manny Lawson two games for violating the league's policy on domestic violence.
Lawson was only expected to get a one-game suspension, but he'll be out until at least Week 4. He hasn't had any interest since getting released from Buffalo at final cuts. 32-year-old Lawson should eventually resurface in a sub-package role. Fri, Sep 16, 2016 05:14:00 PM

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Bills released OLB Manny Lawson.

He's the first "big-name" cut of the weekend as teams drop their rosters to 53. Lawson is reportedly facing a one-game suspension, but the Bills have said they've yet to be notified of it. Now, it doesn't matter to them. It's possible Buffalo brings Lawson back at a later date, but for now they're moving on from the 32-year-old. Lawson proved capable in pass coverage last season.
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 11:26:00 AM

In a statement, the Bills said they have not been notified of a suspension for OLB Manny Lawson.

Lawson is reportedly facing a one-game suspension for violating the personal conduct policy. The initial report said the suspension stemmed from a domestic violence allegation in 2014, but the league is reportedly investigating another incident. For now, Lawson should still be expected to miss Week 1.
Thu, Aug 18, 2016 12:55:00 PM

The Buffalo News reports Bills OLB Manny Lawson is facing a one-game suspension for violating the league's policy on domestic violence.

It's unclear how Lawson triggered the suspension, or why it's only one game. First-time domestic violence violations are supposed to come with a six-game suspension. Lawson's ban leaves the Bills down yet another Week 1 defensive starter. Lawson just returned from a partially torn pectoral on Tuesday.
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 02:51:00 PM

Bills removed OLB Manny Lawson (torn pec) from the active/NFI list.

Lawson was dealing with a partially torn pectoral he suffered during a personal workout prior to camp. It was not a given he would be ready for Week 1, so a return this early in camp is great news for the Bills, who lost IK Enemkpali to a torn ACL over the weekend. Lawson should open the season as the starting strongside linebacker.
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 10:25:00 AM

Bills OLB Manny Lawson describes his injury as a partially torn pectoral, and believes he could be ready for Week 1.

"It’s not torn, it’s a partial tear," Lawson said of his pec. "It’s not hanging. There’s still meat on the bone." In the world of football, that's a good thing. The Bills haven't given Lawson an official timetable, but the preseason is looking unlikely. Despite Lawson's optimism, Week 1 is still far from a guarantee.
Thu, Aug 4, 2016 02:37:00 PM

Updating a previous item, Bills OLB Manny Lawson (active/NFI) is dealing with a pectoral injury.

Lawson reportedly suffered the injury while attempting to bench 415 pounds. GM Doug Whaley said Friday the team did not have a solid timetable for Lawson's return, but coach Rex Ryan said he does not think he will miss any time in the regular season. It is still possible he sits out most of training camp. IK Enemkpali should see more first-team snaps with Lawson out.
Sat, Jul 30, 2016 12:46:00 PM

Bills placed OLB Manny Lawson (upper body) on the active/NFI list.

Lawson injured himself during a personal workout prior to training camp. GM Doug Whaley said on Friday he does not know if the injury is a long-term concern. "We’ll have to assess and get information from the medical staff here pretty soon and hopefully not," Whaley said. "We don’t anticipate it, but again, you never know with these things." Lawson was expected to start with first-rounder Shaq Lawson (shoulder) likely to miss much of his rookie season. Depending on the severity of the injury, the Bills could look to add some help.
Sat, Jul 30, 2016 08:29:00 AM

Bills OLB Manny Lawson expects the defense "to dictate what an offense does" this season.

"Instead of trying to mold our defense around the opposing offense we’re going to play our style of defense," Lawson said. "We’re going to make the opponent game plan to stop our attack." These words sound like they came straight out of Rex Ryan's mouth. After some locker-room turmoil last season, it sounds like the Bills have bought in on Rex's vision this year. It remains to be seen if the new style will yield better results on the field.
Mon, Jun 6, 2016 11:37:00 AM

Joe Buscaglia of WKBW Buffalo expects Manny Lawson to get the first shot at replacing rookie Shaq Lawson (shoulder) at outside linebacker.

Shaq underwent shoulder surgery on Tuesday and will likely open the season on reserve/PUP. That leaves Manny as the favorite to start opposite Jerry Hughes at outside linebacker. Manny is more of a coverage specialist and edge setter. Losing Shaq is a big blow to the potential of Buffalo's outside pass rush.
Fri, May 20, 2016 03:50:00 PM

Bills OLB Manny Lawson is expected to have an increased role this season.

Lawson was limited to 349 snaps in DC Jim Schwartz’s scheme last year. He should get back around the 700-snap mark under Rex Ryan. Lawson projects to play the strong side in 3-4 fronts and back up Jerry Hughes in nickel packages.
Sat, Jun 20, 2015 05:36:00 PM

Bills DE/OLB Manny Lawson is expected to get the majority of his snaps at strong-side linebacker.

Lawson is a candidate for an expanded role with Buffalo moving to more 3-4 fronts under Rex Ryan. He should back up Jerry Hughes at one of the edge spots, with most of his snaps coming as a sub-package linebacker. Lawson had 73 tackles and four sacks as a 15-game starter in 2013.
Fri, Apr 3, 2015 06:39:00 PM

The Bills plan to move Manny Lawson back to strong-side linebacker.

Lawson played 4-3 end in Jim Schwartz's scheme last year. He saw limited snaps behind Jerry Hughes, but is expected to have an increased role with Buffalo moving to more 3-4 fronts. Lawson had one of his best seasons under former DC Mike Pettine in 2013, grading out as PFF's top linebacker in coverage. Mario Williams will also see time off the line of scrimmage in Rex Ryan's defense.
Sat, Feb 28, 2015 08:04:00 PM

Bills DE/OLB Manny Lawson is expected to see a bigger role in 2015.

Lawson was reduced to a situational role in Jim Schwartz's 4-3 last year. He was one of the best cover linebackers in the league in 2013, and should see his role increased with Buffalo moving to more 3-4 fronts under Rex Ryan. Lawson will likely get the majority of his snaps on the strong side, opposite WLB Kiko Alonso.
Fri, Feb 13, 2015 07:04:00 PM

Bills SLB Manny Lawson is moving to defensive end this season.

There were rumors Lawson was switching to end in Jim Schwartz's 4-3, but this is the first time the Bills confirmed it. Lawson will compete with Jerry Hughes for snaps opposite Mario Williams. It's worth noting Lawson played defensive end in college, opposite Mario at NC State. Rookie Preston Brown, Ty Powell, and Keith Rivers are candidates to replace Lawson on the strong side.
Sat, May 17, 2014 04:27:00 PM

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