On Tuesday, the Bills got a double whammy of bad news when it was learned that defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was hit with a four-game suspension and defensive end Manny Lawson has a looming one-game ban for an alleged domestic violence incident. After a repeat violation of the league’s substance abuse policy, Dareus’ suspension is rather cut-and-dry. That’s not quite the case with Lawson, however, who says he is not sure why he is being suspended by the league.
On Wednesday, Lawson told reporters (including Mike Rodak of ESPN.com) that he doesn’t know where the suspension is coming from. Lawson vowed to “get to the bottom of it,” though he has not heard back from the league office as of this writing.
We should know more about the allegations against Lawson in the coming days. As with most punishments, the NFLPA can be expected to fight back against the league office and, if it is truly without merit like the linebacker says, it’s possible that his suspension could be overturned.
Over the last three seasons, Lawson has appeared in all but one regular season game for the Bills. In 2015, Lawson appeared in every contest and started 14 games, racking up 45 tackles, 1 sack, and 5 pass deflections.
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