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Star Lotulelei | Defensive Lineman | #98

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (28) / 12/20/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 315
College: Utah
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (14) / CAR
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Bills signed DT Star Lotulelei, formerly of the Panthers, to a five-year contract.
Even if free agent DT Kyle Williams returns, the Bills desperately needed help at defensive tackle, and they found it in Lotulelei, who played under coach Sean McDermott in Carolina. While his numbers do not jump off the page, Lotulelei is a solid run stuffer who frees up the rest of the line to make plays. If 2016 third-rounder Adolphus Washington can take a step forward, this could be a much-improved unit in 2018. Mar 13 - 9:42 AM

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The Charlotte Observer believes the Panthers will have a tough time re-signing impending free agent DT Star Lotulelei.

The Panthers gave fellow DT Kawann Short a big-money deal last spring, and Lotulelei is coming off arguably his worst season. Last summer, the Observer believed Lotulelei's future would depend on Vernon Butler's 2017 play. The 2016 first-rounder took a (small) step forward. Veteran Kyle Love is also signed cheaply for 2018.
Jan 16 - 4:23 PM

According to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, DT Star Lotulelei's future with the Panthers will depend heavily on the play of Vernon Butler.

The Panthers seem content to let Lotulelei play out the final year of his contract while monitoring Butler's development. A 2016 first-rounder, Butler played sparingly as a rookie while battling injuries and ineffectiveness but should push Lotulelei for playing time as a sophomore. Lotulelei excelled early in his career but has earned negative grades from PFF in his last two seasons.
Sun, Jul 9, 2017 12:39:00 PM

Panthers DT Star Lotulelei is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.

The Panthers described it as a "clean-up" operation. Lotulelei was held out of OTAs and minicamp, limited only to individual position drills. Entering the final year of his deal, Lotulelei is expected to be ready for training camp.
Fri, Jun 16, 2017 09:16:00 AM

Panthers activated the fifth-year option for DT Star Lotulelei.

Carolina had already confirmed they would pick up the $6.757 million option last month. One of the best defensive tackles in the league, Lotulelei is now locked up through 2017. The Panthers' focus should now turn to an extension for contract-year DT Kawann Short.
Tue, Apr 26, 2016 10:38:00 AM

The Panthers will exercise DT Star Lotulelei's fifth-year team option for 2017.

At the very-reasonable cost of $6.757 million, this is a no-brainer move for GM Dave Gettleman. Lotulelei has consistently been one of the league's better interior defenders since entering the league as the 14th overall pick in 2013. With Lotulelei under team control for two more seasons, the Panthers plan to focus on an extension with contract-year DT Kawann Short this summer. Short is coming off a 2nd-Team All-Pro selection.
Tue, Mar 22, 2016 03:39:00 PM

Panthers declared DT Star Lotulelei, MLB Luke Kuechly, RB Cameron Artis-Payne, TE Richie Brockel, S Dean Marlowe, RB Brandon Wegher, and OT Daryl Williams inactive for Week 2 against the Texans.

Lotulelei is still working his way back from a foot injury, while Kuechly is out with a concussion. They're the Panthers' two best defensive players. Artis-Payne is a surprising healthy scratch. Williams has a knee issue.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 11:40:00 AM

Panthers DT Star Lotulelei (foot) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday.

It was Lotulelei's first practice in more than six weeks. Coach Ron Rivera said Lotulelei's practice time on Thursday will depend on how his foot responds. Lotulelei is still unlikely to play this week, but he is trending in the right direction for Week 3.
Thu, Sep 17, 2015 11:39:00 AM

Panthers declared DT Star Lotulelei, OT Nate Chandler, TE Richie Brockel, WR Kevin Norwood, RB Brandon Wegher, S Deane Marlowe and LB David Mayo inactive for Week 1 against the Jaguars.

No big surprises here. Lotulelei did not practice at all this week and was ruled out earlier in the week. He is questionable for Week 2.
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 11:43:00 AM

Panthers DT Star Lotulelei (foot) has been ruled out for Week 1 against the Jaguars.

It's a big boost for T.J. Yeldon, but he's still merely a low-end RB2. Kyle Love is expected to start in Lotulelei's place next to DT Kawann Short.
Fri, Sep 11, 2015 12:47:00 PM

Panthers DT Star Lotulelei (foot) is not practicing Thursday.

Coach Ron Rivera made it pretty clear Lotulelei would not play this week, and that is almost a certainty after missing Thursday's practice. Kyle Love will start in Lotulelei's place.
Thu, Sep 10, 2015 12:10:00 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the team will not rush Star Lotulelei (foot) back from injury.

"It’s a long season," Rivera said. "We can’t be hasty with guys. We’ve got to be smart about it. As we learned last year, it comes down to the last week." Lotulelei did not practice on Monday, and these are the comments of a coach who does not expect his player to play. Lotulelei should be considered doubtful for Week 1.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Sep 8, 2015 08:13:00 AM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said DT Star Lotulelei (foot) is on track to play Week 1.

"There is no concern," Rivera said. "For me, there is no concern from what I understand, from how he seems to be progressing with his treatment." Lotulelei has been sidelined since suffering a stress reaction on his right foot in early August. Lotulelei had surgery on the same foot in January.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Aug 25, 2015 01:14:00 PM

Panthers DT Star Lotulelei (foot) remains in a walking boot.

Lotulelei has been dealing with a "stress reaction" for nearly three weeks. It appears the ascendant third-year player will miss the entire preseason. Lotulelei's Week 1 status is getting murky.
Sat, Aug 22, 2015 06:43:00 PM

Updating a previous item, Panthers DT Star Lotulelei suffered a "stress reaction" in his surgically-repaired right foot and will be re-evaluated in "a few weeks."

Lotulelei broke his foot in the playoffs and had surgery in January. It's a big concern for the Panthers, as the "few weeks" timetable puts Lotulelei's Week 1 status in jeopardy. Carolina will have to rely on Kawann Short, Dwan Edwards, and Colin Cole on the inside while Lotulelei is sidelined. He was PFF's No. 16 defensive tackle in 2014, receiving top marks in run defense.
Mon, Aug 3, 2015 06:32:00 PM