AUBURN, Ala. — Gus Malzahn came as close as he has all season to giving a definitive word on Carl Lawson's status.
"It doesn't look that way," Auburn's coach replied when asked Tuesday whether the sophomore defensive end will take the field this season.
Lawson tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the week leading up to Auburn's A-Day game in April. He had it repaired by Dr. James Andrews on May 1 and has been rehabbing ever since.
Hailing from Alpharetta, Ga., Lawson was expected to be one of the Tigers' top pass-rushers this season after a solid freshman campaign. Lawson played in every game last season, recording 20 tackles (14 solo, six assisted), including 7.5 tackles for loss. His four sacks were second-most on the team behind Dee Ford's 10.5.