After the first round of the 2016 NFL draft, Adam Schefter reported that Buffalo Bills first round pick Shaq Lawson would need to undergo shoulder surgery. Lawson refuted Schefter's report and said, “No, there is no truth to Adam Schefter’s report. The report about me having surgery I don’t know where that comes from. I guess he just wanted to put something out there.
Although Lawson refuted Schefter's report, it seems that the ESPN Insider was correct in stating that Lawson would need shoulder surgery. On Monday, the Bills announced that Lawson would undergo shoulder surgery as a pre-emptive measure. The team released the following statement:
“The Buffalo Bills are taking measures to prevent the possibility of Shaq Lawson aggravating a pre-existing shoulder condition during the season. 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. He had an occurrence of the condition last week, but that would not preclude him from participating in the offseason program. Shaq is scheduled for surgery tomorrow on his shoulder with a rehabilitation program to follow. A timetable for his return is still being established.”
Bills GM Doug Whaley added, “I want to take this opportunity to commend Shaq Lawson and his representatives for putting the team first by having this surgery on his shoulder done now. By doing so, he’s forsaking personal goals to be 100 percent healthy when we will need him most during the regular season. Fans constantly hear us say that we want players with tremendous character who keep team goals ahead of personal ones and Shaq is a great example of this.”
A poster on TwoBillsDrive.com, a Bills message board, was the first to report that Lawson needed shoulder surgery.