NFL news: Dexter Lawrence suffers apparent leg injury at NFL Combine
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Dexter Lawrence suffers apparent leg injury at NFL Combine

Dexter Lawrence, NFL Draft

Dexter Lawrence, the star defensive tackle of the Clemson Tigers who was suspended for the College Football Playoff at the end of the 2018 season, has now run into a different problem: an injury.

According to NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones, Lawrence suffered a minor quadricep strain on Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Lawrence ran one 40-yard dash. He did not run a second one. An ice pack was wrapped around Lawrence’s left quad after the run, which clocked in at 5.05 seconds. That time is generally regarded as a good result for a player of Lawrence’s size: 6-4 and 342 pounds.

Before his day at the combine ended, Lawrence had already completed 36 bench-press repetitions, the most of any defensive line prospects at the combine.

Clemson’s Pro Day workouts are scheduled for March 14. It is believed that Lawrence will be healthy in time for that important event.

Lawrence was a leader on a nasty Clemson defense which rolled to another ACC championship and a spot in the College Football Playoff last season. Lawrence teamed with Christian Wilkins to make Clemson’s defensive front a nightmare for opposing offenses.

However, Lawrence did not play in Clemson’s two playoff games. He was suspended for the Cotton Bowl semifinal against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and he remained out of the lineup for the national championship game in early January against the Alabama Crimson Tide. The suspension was connected to multiple positive tests for a prohibited substance called ostarine.