Shaq Lawson did not start against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, and now we know why, sort of anyway. Speaking with the media on Monday, Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott said that Eddie Yarbrough got the starting nod at left defensive end over Lawson "due to a situation that will be kept between Shaq [Lawson] and myself." Speculation suggests that the move was a disciplinary one.
Lawson, who did not sit out of the game for very long at all, finished his day with four tackles, one of which went for a loss. Yarbrough had a pair of tackles himself.
It has been disappointing season to this point for Lawson, who like his fellow defensive linemen have struggled immensely in bringing down opposing quarterbacks. In the 10 games he’s played in this season, the 2016 first-rounder has just three sacks. He had two last season playing in the same number of games after missing time with a shoulder injury.
Yarbrough, who went undrafted in 2016 and was waived by the Denver Broncos ahead of the start of the regular season that year, has a sack in 2017 and is just one tackle short back of Lawson’s total (16), despite having started in just two games versus Lawson’s nine.
The Bills currently sit 31st in the league in sacks with 17.0.