ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — In a significant surprise, the Buffalo Bills released veteran outside linebacker Manny Lawson as part of their final cuts Friday.
Manny Lawson was the only projected starter who played the entire first half of Thursday’s preseason finale loss to the Detroit Lions. Ryan said this week he wanted to give the linebacker playing time because he missed the first two preseason games as he recovered from a partially torn pectoral muscle.
He’s a Buffalo native. All of the Gronkowski brothers were raised in Williamsville, a Buffalo suburb. Glenn, who played at Williamsville North High School, grew up as a Bills fan. “Obviously the last five or six years, I had to cheer for the Patriots [because of Rob],” Glenn told KISS 98.5 in May. “Down deep, I’ve been a Bills fan my whole life. My senior year of high school, I went to every home game, I’m pretty sure.”
Beginning Saturday after the final 53-man roster is set, Burfict will begin serving a three-game suspension for repeated violations of player safety rules.
“Of course you want to be out there, but these are the cards that I was dealt,” he said at his locker on Thursday night.
Burfict won’t be able to return to the playing field until Week 4 — a Thursday night game against the Dolphins at Paul Brown Stadium.
So what will he do during that time period? Burfict said he’ll spend some time with family and help his sister, an incoming freshman at college, get settled in her dorm.
“I missed the family trip to put her in her dorm, but I told her I’d come out there,” he said.
He might even watch a Bengals game with her, although he has no idea how that will go. Wherever he is, he won’t be missing the chance to see his team, even from afar.
“I will be watching some way,” Burfict said. “I’ve never really watched a game with her, so it would be my first to watch with her, probably treat her out to dinner or something.”