Buffalo Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson will undergo shoulder surgery to prevent re-aggrevating a pre-existing shoulder condition, the team announced Monday.
“While he could continue to play, the Bills medical staff has determined that surgery is the best course of action for the overall health of his shoulder moving forward,” the Bills announced. “He had an occurrence of the condition last week, but that would not preclude him from participating in the offseason program.”
Lawson is scheduled to undergo surgery on Tuesday with rehab to follow. A timetable for his return is still being determined.
Lawson and the Bills initially planned on having the shoulder surgery after his rookie season. He wore a brace on the affected shoulder while playing for Clemson last season. and was drafted with the No.19 overall pick.
Lawson finished last season with 59 total tackles and one forced fumble and was named a consensus All-American pick in 2015.