Lawson, Branch absent from OTA’s

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – Only two players missed the Bills’ first practice in Organized Team Activities today, with defensive linemen Manny Lawson and Alan Branch both skipping the voluntary session.

Lawson, who started at outside linebacker, is shifting to defensive end in the new scheme. Both he and Branch played major roles in the defense last season.

“I haven’t seen either of those guys. No idea,” said head coach Doug Marrone. “I’ve said it before. I try to concentrate on…there are a lot of other guys here that I need to concentrate on.”

Lawson’s agent told News 4 Sports Director Steve Vesey in an email Wednesday night, “No rift. Everything is fine.”

OTA’s are voluntary for NFL players. The first mandatory workouts on the schedule will be the team’s three-day mini-camp in mid-June. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s