- Associated Press - Monday, May 16, 2016

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo Bills officials say first-round draft pick Shaq Lawson will have surgery on his right shoulder and wide receiver Sammy Watkins had an operation for one of his feet.

A person familiar with Watkins’ injury said Monday it is a small stress fracture. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Bills did not reveal details of Watkins’ injury.

Watkins is expected to be ready for the start of training camp in July.

The Bills say Lawson, the 19th pick in last month’s NFL draft, tweaked the shoulder last week and would undergo a procedure on Tuesday.

Lawson, a defensive end with Clemson who plans to move to linebacker, insisted after the draft he wouldn’t need surgery to fix a problem he’s played with for years.

Bills general manager Doug Whaley says Lawson is forsaking personal goals to be 100 percent healthy when the team needs him most.

After the announcement, Lawson tweeted: “God got a plan for me, be back better than ever,” with the hashtag #wishmewell.


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