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It's official: Bills activate Shaq Lawson to make NFL debut Sunday

Bills coach Rex Ryan joked Thursday that it would take “one call to Whales” – general manager Doug Whaley – to get first-round pick Shaq Lawson on the 53-man roster so he can play in Sunday's game.

Ryan seems to have made that call, as the Bills announced Friday that Lawson has officially been activated from the physically unable to perform list, setting him up to make his NFL debut Sunday.

But Lawson may not have been the only player discussed on the phone call. The Bills also brought tight end Manasseh Garner up from the practice squad Friday, releasing guard Gabe Ikard and tight end Gerald Christian to make room.

Garner, a rookie, was undrafted out of Pittsburgh. He would also be making his NFL debut if he suited up Sunday.

"I’ve seen enough," Ryan said Thursday when asked if Lawson would play. "He looks pretty darn good out there. He’s flying around and looks like the guy we drafted, the guy we wanted him to be.

"There’s a reason we took him in the first round and he’s showing that on the practice field."

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