For his part, Lawrence has always believed he would be ready to play when the season kicked off.
"I'll definitely be ready for the start of the season,'' Lawrence said when he signed his 5-year, $105 million deal in April. "I ain't worrying about that. It's just about getting it done and over with. That's all it is."
Lawrence underwent a procedure on his shoulder on April 11. The team said the injury has a four to six month recovery time, which would put Lawrence right in the middle of that timeframe.