The Texans are trading LB Benardrick McKinney to the Dolphins in exchange for EDGE Shaq Lawson. (ESPN's Adam Schefter reports there will also be "a swap of late-round picks." McKinney spent most of the past 6 years starting for Houston after arriving as a 2nd-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. He's signed through 2023 at escalating salaries but with cuttable years. McKinney figures to step into a starting role in a LB corps that shed Kyle Van Noy recently. We still prefer Jerome Baker's IDP upside over that of McKinney, though -- assuming Baker keeps his spot. McKinney missed the final 12 games of last season with a shoulder injury. Lawson heads to the Texans after 1 disappointing year with the Dolphins, who signed him in free agency in 2020. He managed just 4 sacks across 14 games. Pro Football Focus, though, did credit Lawson with 15 QB hits, tied for 4th most among all edge players. Houston needs help after seeing no player top 5 sacks in 2020. J.J. Watt collected that team-leading total before leaving for Arizona this offseason. McKinney's departure also leaves room for Christian Kirksey to potentially start next to Zach Cunningham. Kirksey signed a 1-year deal with the Texans earlier this week. Tyrell Adams, who took over after McKinney went down, is set to hit unrestricted free agency this month.
The Dolphins have ruled out LB Kyle Van Noy (groin) for today's game against the Jets. DE Shaq Lawson (shoulder) is active but not a strong IDP option.
The Dolphins have reached a 3-year, $30 million deal with former Bills DE Shaq Lawson, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Lawson spent his 1st two seasons looking like a 1st-round bust but improved over the past 2. His final Bills campaign included 18 QB hits, tied for 25th in the NFL. Lawson also saw his playing time grow to starter-level over the final third of the 2019 season. He joins a Miami defense in dire need of edge help. The Dolphins' scheme shouldn't alter his position designation for IDP purposes.
Bills DE Shaq Lawson (hamstring) is active for today's game against the Texans. CB Levi Wallace (ankle) is OUT. Both players entered the day questionable. Wallace's absence leaves Buffalo without its starting outside CB opposite Tre'Davious White. That's good news for Houston WR Kenny Stills (with Will Fuller out).
The Bills have ruled DE Shaq Lawson (hamstring) out for Sunday's game against the Jets.
The Bills have ruled DE Shaq Lawson inactive for today's game in Atlanta. He suffered a groin injury in practice this week. Losing their starting left DE certainly doesn't help a Buffalo D that you shouldn't have been starting anyway.
Bills DE Shaq Lawson is questionable for Sunday's game in Atlanta because of a groin injury he suffered in Thursday's practice. He did not participate Friday after leaving the Thursday workout early. Don't bet on him playing this week.
The Bills have ruled DT Marcell Dareus out for Monday night's game in Seattle after a groin injury that basically cost him the whole practice week. Dareus got on the field Friday, but HC Rex Ryan told reporters he was "very limited." Dareus has played just 1 game this season thanks to suspension and then 2 injuries. Buffalo has also deemed OLBs Lorenzo Alexander (hamstring) and Jerry Hughes (hand) questionable. Alexander looks iffier after starting the practice week on the sideline. The Bills also have rookie OLB Shaq Lawson to spell Alexander even if he's active.
Bills OLB Lorenzo Alexander left in the 2nd quarter of today's loss to the Patriots with a hamstring injury and did not return. We'll see about his status this week. Further missed time for Alexander would open up more snaps for rookie OLB Shaq Lawson, who played his 2nd game this week and notched his 1st NFL sack.
Bills DL Marcell Dareus is doubtful once again for Week 7 with the hamstring injury that has dogged him since his return from the 4-game suspension. He sat out practice all week and thus doesn't look particularly close to returning to full strength. Bills DL Kyle Williams is questionable, as well, after showing up on Thursday's injury report with a neck issue. He put in limited workouts Thursday and Friday. The defense did, however, get a potential boost this week by activating rookie OLB Shaq Lawson (shoulder) after he opened the season on the PUP list. We'll see what kind of role Lawson's ready to play in his 1st NFL action.
Bills OLB Shaq Lawson returned to practice this week, his 1st chance to do so after opening the year on the PUP. The rookie said he felt "completely healthy," according to the Buffalo News, after working back from shoulder surgery to fix an issue that dated back to college. HC Rex Ryan didn't rule out playing Lawson this Sunday at Miami, though we wouldn't bet on too prominent a role within the next few games. OLB Lorenzo Alexander is playing the best ball of his career in what would have been Lawson's place, across from OLB Jerry Hughes.
The Bills announced Monday that rookie DE Shaq Lawson will have shoulder surgery. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported during the draft that the potential repair would sideline Lawson 4-6 months. Lawson said at the time that he didn't need it and would continue to play through the issue. But the team has deemed this the best long-term course of action. The timeframe would keep Lawson off the field until at least mid-September, with the long end lasting into November. Either way, it's tough to expect much of an IDP contribution this season. The surgery doesn't change his long-term outlook for dynasty purposes.
The Bills spent the 19th pick in the NFL Draft on DE Shaq Lawson, who should start right away at left DE. Lawson isn't the speediest guy off the edge but joins 1 of the most talented defensive lines in the league. That should help his early production, though Lawson also brings a questionable shoulder with him.
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