Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence tested positive for COVID-19, the program announced Thursday, and will miss Saturday’s game against Boston College.
Lawrence must abide by ACC guidelines for the illness, which include an isolation period that will sideline him at least 10 days after the positive test. He said he’s experiencing mild symptoms.
“I’ll be watching from isolation and pulling for our guys while I wait for the opportunity to rejoin the team,” Lawrence wrote on Twitter.
Lawrence received his positive test on Wednesday, according to The Athletic, setting in motion his return timeline 10 days before No. 1 Clemson faces No. 4 Notre Dame.
Freshman D.J. Uiagalelei is expected to start in Lawrence’s place for as long as the Heisman contender is out.
Below are additional details on when Clemson can expect Lawrence back on the field:
How long is Trevor Lawrence out with COVID-19?
While Lawrence would love to shake off the illness right away, COVID-19 doesn’t work on-demand. He will be repeatedly tested in the coming days, and any new positive test could keep him out longer than minimum ACC requirements. Until he tests negative and doesn’t show symptoms, he won’t be allowed back in practice, let alone games.
Lawrence’s health, then, is the priority before anything else can move forward.
Should he recover right away, Lawrence would potentially be back to face Notre Dame, though the logistics are tricky.
ACC rules for COVID-19 quarantine
The ACC mandates players who test positive for COVID-19 isolate for at least 10 days before returning to practice. That number shifts if the player continues to show symptoms and keeps testing positive for the virus.
Clemson faces Notre Dame exactly 10 days after Lawrence’s positive test. The game is in South Bend, Ind., though, so getting him there without breaking isolation protocol might be challenging. Lawrence must be symptom-free and test negative for COVID-19 before he is allowed to travel, let alone play in a game.
Trevor Lawrence COVID-19 timeline
Oct. 29: Clemson announces Lawrence’s positive test.
Oct. 28: Trevor Lawrence tests positive for COVID-19.