The mystery injury keeping Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Manny Lawson out of training camp appears to be a partially torn pectoral muscle, according to Mark Ludwiczak of Bills Digest.
Manny Lawson told me he thinks he'll be back by Week 1. Has a partially torn pectoral muscle, not completely torn. Great news for Bills.— Mark Ludwiczak (@MarkLud12) August 4, 2016
Lawson doesn’t think the injury is serious enough to keep him out of any regular season games. Lawson was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list prior to training camp, stemming from an injury he suffered while working out.
Manny Lawson on exact nature of pectoral injury: "It’s not torn, it’s a partial tear. It’s not hanging. There’s still meat on the bone."— Mark Ludwiczak (@MarkLud12) August 4, 2016
With first-round pick Shaq Lawson recovering from shoulder surgery, the Bills were already thin at outside linebacker. While the injury to Manny Lawson isn’t just a tweak, it’s certainly good news that he thinks he’ll return for Week 1.
If he’s not back by the opener, the Bills may have to lean on IK Enemkpali and undrafted rookie Eric Striker – both have had reps with the first team defense in practice. Free-agent acquisition Zach Brown and third-year pro Randell Johnson — who has Manny-esque size and length — could also be in the fold.