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Timeline for Trevor Lawrence to potentially return from positive Covid-19 test

Trevor Lawrence tested positive for Covid-19 and had mild symptoms. We break down what the timeline could be for a return.

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) waves to fans after their game against Syracuse at Memorial Stadium. Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE Oct 31st 5:32 p.m.: Head coach Dabo Swinney said after Saturday’s win over Boston College that Lawrence will not play next week against Notre Dame.


The best quarterback in college football and the current favorite for the Heisman Trophy Trevor Lawrence has now been diagnosed with Covid-19. So when can he come back and play for the Clemson Tigers?

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, someone that doesn’t cover a ton of college football but certainly a credible source, Lawrence’s test for the virus was taken on Wednesday. If that counts as Day 1, the end of his quarantine would be Friday, November 6th.

The biggest game of Clemson’s 2020 season is against Notre Dame in South Bend on November 7th.

Obviously there would be some obstacles: Lawrence will have to pass several test showing he is negative before he can return. It’s also possible the virus takes a toll on him physically where he would either not be able to play within mere hours of being cleared, or certainly not perform at his usual elite level.

Dabo Swinney and his charges shouldn’t have any issues getting by Boston College this coming Saturday with Lawrence at home in South Carolina, as backup DJ Uiagalelei is 12/19 this season for 102 yards and certainly seems capable. The Tigers were a 32.5 point favorite before the game was pulled off the board at DraftKings Sportsbook when news of Lawrence’s injury hit.

And they could probably get by Florida State, Pitt, and Virginia Tech to close the season as well without him, as there are five-star players waiting behind five-star players at several positions on both sides of the ball for Clemson.

But to not have the best player in the game when #1 Clemson faces #4 Notre Dame in South Bend would be a massive blow. According to the calendar, it looks like Lawrence would be able to compete. But it’s certainly not assured he’ll be able to dress, much less play like the #1 overall pick in the NFL Draft he’s expected to be next April.