Shaq Lawson has fired back at a report that he could miss at least half of his rookie season.
Appearing on WGR 550 on Wednesday morning, ESPN NFL Insider Louis Riddick was asked by host Howard Simon about the biggest questions he sees on the Bills' roster.
"Well I think right off the bat on the defensive side of the ball – which should be a strength by virtue of the head coach's pedigree – what are they going to do in order to ramp up the sack production, the hits on the quarterback this year, that obviously fell dramatically last year," Roddick said. "How are you going to get that if the guy who you thought was going to be so instrumental in helping you do that, Shaq Lawson, had a shoulder injury that at one point you said didn't think was going to need surgery, and now it does need surgery, and from what I hear could be anywhere from – he could miss half the season to maybe even the entire season.
"That's the No. 1 question you need to answer."
Lawson, apparently, did not agree with Riddick's assessment.
Can't believe what everybody say about you @LRiddickESPN
— Shaq Lawson (@Shaq_Lawson90) July 20, 2016
At least so far, the network has a pretty good track record of reporting on Lawson's injury. When he was drafted, ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted the following:
New Bills' DE Shaq Lawson will need shoulder surgery that sidelines him 4-6 months at some point, probably after next season, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 29, 2016
Lawson responded by telling reporters on a conference call there was "no truth whatsoever" to that report.
Less than three weeks later, he had surgery on his right shoulder. If Scheffer's original timeline is correct, Lawson could miss as few as one or two games, or potentially half of his rookie year.