By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Lawrence tested positive for the coronavirus. Atlantic Coast Conference protocols said that Lawrence must be out for 10 days.
He tested positive for the virus on Wednesday. But the team did not announce it until Thursday.
The favorite to be the Heisman Trophy winner would be eligible to return before the Fighting Irish game. However, the Tigers have already ruled him out.
Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney said that Lawrence would not have enough time to pass the ACC protocols in order for him to return next Saturday. The team is expected to start freshman D.J. Uiagalelei in his place.
On Saturday, Uiagalelei guided the Tigers to a come-from-behind win over the Boston College Eagles. Clemson won the contest 34-28.
“He’s doing great,” Swinney said of Lawrence. “[He] Zoomed the team last night, [and I] talked to him this morning, feels like he can play today. He’s doing well, but obviously there’s protocol. He will be out in time to play [against Notre Dame], but you have the cardiac part of it.
“You have to ramp back up, even if he feels great, he could probably go play, he’s not allowed to do that simply because of the protocols. They’re put in place to make sure he could return to play safely. You have 10 days, and then you have the cardiac part, so he won’t be able to get through that in time to play next week.”
Lawrence is not expected to be out of isolation until Thursday or Friday, according to Swinney. Once he does that, he will be able to return to his team.
He will make the trip to South Bend, Indiana with his teammates. There’s a good chance since Swinney said that he will not compete that he’ll try to help them from the sidelines.
“He’ll be in every meeting, we can Zoom him into practice, so he can stay engaged and make his comments and things like that to support those guys, and participate in traveling with us as well,” Swinney said. “Obviously can’t play, but he can still make a contribution with his presence, his encouragement and his eyes, but he can be in every meeting, he can be in every practice. … He’ll do everything he can via Zoom and as soon as they let him come back over here, he’ll start the cardiac piece. There’s just protocols for a reason; we want to make sure when you do come back you do it the safest possible way.”
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