Suspensions upheld for Clemson DT Dexter Lawrence and two others

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If the B Sample doesn't clear Lawrence, then the fallout from this failed test could be huge.

On Thursday night, Clemson announced Lawrence is officially suspended for the game after failing the drug test. Clemson is scheduled to play Notre Dame in the NCAA Cotton Bowl semi-final playoff Saturday.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says star defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence and two other players failed NCAA tests for performance enhancing drugs and might not play in the Cotton Bowl against No. 3 Notre Dame.

The status of Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, tight end Braden Galloway and offensive lineman Zach Giella has been in doubt ever since news surfaced this week that their "A" samples of an NCAA-administered drug text revealed trace amounts of ostarine. "The athletic department will have no further comment on the matter this evening as it considers all of our options, including appeals". Swinney said that none of the players intentionally consumed ostarine, and the players thought it was initially a joke when told their results returned positive for the substance.

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Lawrence, a projected first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, has played 460 snaps through No. 2 Clemson's 13 games, all victories.

If this is the end of Lawrence's career at Clemson, he'll finish with 133 tackles, including 19.5 for a loss, and 10.5 sacks.

"A lot of rain", Notre Dame defensive lineman Jerry Tillery said of his memory of the night. "And I don't have any doubt that he'll step in and do a great job for us, as will Nyles and Jordan", Swinney said. Even when he isn't making tackles, opposing offensive lines and offensive coordinators are forced to pay plenty of attention to the 6-foot-4, 350-pound junior.

"We get tested regularly and we know not to do anything stupid or selfish like that", Lawrence said.

The players are expected to appeal to try to gain eligibility before the national title game or for the 2019 season. "It was just amusing to me, almost".

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