Auburn defensive end Carl Lawson has been working to return to the field since he sustained a hip pointer injury in the first half of Auburn’s opening game against Louisville. The sophomore will make a significant step in his journey Tuesday.
“Carl Lawson will practice for first time today, which should give our guys a lift,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said Tuesday, according to the Ledger-Enquirer’s Michael Niziolek. “We’ll see where he’s at.”
Lawson looked explosive in his only game action this season. He had four tackles, two for loss, and a sack in less than two quarters. Auburn has struggled to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks without Lawson. The Tigers rank last in the SEC with just 11 sacks.
Lawson is not certain to play this weekend, but his return to practice is an encouraging sight for his coaches and teammates.
“I’m not going to say right now he will play this Saturday,” Malzahn said. “But the fact that he’s out there practicing I think will be good from a leadership standpoint if nothing else.”