Earlier this offseason, it was intimated by the father of Carl Lawson that his son underwent surgery on his knee that didn’t involve an ACL damage.
That, however, wasn’t the case at all.
The defensive lineman’s head coach confirmed Monday at SEC media days that he indeed underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL. Lawson suffered the injury during spring practice and didn’t play in the spring game because of it.
According to Gus Malzahn, the football program is hopeful Lawson will be able to return at some point before the end of the upcoming season. Being out the entire year, however, has not been ruled out.
Losing Lawson would be a significant blow to the Tigers’ defense.
Lawson was being looked upon as a player who could replace the production lost by the departure of All-American Dee Ford for the NFL. In 2013 as a true freshman, Lawson was third on the team with 7.5 tackles for loss and second in sacks with four.
Lawson’s name littered most Freshman All-American lists.