Auburn may get a definitive answer on the status of defensive end Carl Lawson’s hip flexor injury soon.
“We’re hoping in the next day or two we’ll have a little more clarity on that situation,” coach Gus Malzahn said Monday night on his “Tiger Talk” radio show.
Lawson sustained the injury in the first half of Auburn’s opening win against Louisville on Sept. 5.
He looked like one of Auburn’s best defenders in that half. The sophomore recorded a sack and put consistent pressure on Louisville’s quarterback, but he hasn’t played since.
Lawson has been seen in the past few weeks on crutches and he didn’t make the trip to Baton Rouge on Saturday, where Auburn lost 45-21.
Malzahn said he was “hopeful” Lawson would return this season after the loss Saturday. The 6-foot-2 defender missed last season with a torn ACL.
Auburn’s defense has been one of the worst in the country without Lawson, allowing opponents to gain 442.7 yards a game through three contests.
Gus Malzahn: Hoping to have more clarity on Carl Lawson’s injury in next day or two
— Bryan Matthews (@BMattAU) September 22, 2015