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Bengals’ Carl Lawson cautious about recovery timetable, hopes for Week 1 in Seattle

Carl Lawson

Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Carl Lawson is cautious about his recovery timetable.

This was what Lawson told The Athletic’s John Dehner, Jr. on June 7.

I’m not coming out until I feel pretty much 100 (percent). The goal is the first game. I know what it is like to get ready and be ready.

I am not really stressing pushing towards camp but if I am ready by camp, hell, yeah, I’ll be out there.

But the goal is the first game…I really do believe I am coming back as a better football player and not as a football player that is catching up. That’s just the way I feel about it.

The 23-year-old Lawson tore his right ACL in the Bengals’ Week 8 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2018 NFL season. He also tore his left ACL before his sophomore season with the Auburn Tigers kicked off, per the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Fletcher Page.

Lawson told Page in November it took him eight months to recover from his ACL injury with Auburn. He is approaching that timetable with his ACL injury with the Bengals.

Lawson and fellow Bengals defensive lineman Ryan Glasgow have solidified their bond while recovering from their ACL injuries. If both of them report for active duty with the Bengals in 2019, they should help Cincinnati immensely.

For now, the rest of the AFC North better watch out for a better Carl Lawson in the 2019 NFL season.