Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Manny Lawson suffered a setback in his recovery from a second hamstring injury in as many weeks, prompting the team to hold him out of practice for a second straight day on Thursday.
Lawson had a setback yesterday, Marrone says. Did not practice again Thursday— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) October 24, 2013
Lawson injured his hamstring in a Week 6 loss to Cincinnati, but practiced twice in the week leading up to last Sunday's win over Miami, playing 28 snaps in the game before leaving with a second injury to the same hamstring. Bills head coach Doug Marrone confirmed earlier this week that Lawson's second injury was to the same hamstring, but in a different location.
The setback would seem to throw Lawson's Week 8 availability into doubt, meaning that situational pass rusher Jerry Hughes could be in for a much larger role against the New Orleans Saints. Nigel Bradham may also factor into the defense's game plan more if Lawson sits, as he did against Cincinnati.
C.J. Spiller was also a non-participant for a second straight day as he continues to work through a well-documented ankle injury. Marrone repeated what he said yesterday about his star running back: Spiller wants to play, but the team may consider holding him out for a week to get him healthier quicker.
EJ Manuel was the only other non-participant for the Bills on Thursday. Fred Jackson practiced on a limited basis, as expected, while Kyle Williams returned in full.