Lawson had surgery in May to repair a torn ACL suffered during spring practice.
“He hurt his knee the last week of spring ball,” Malzahn said. “Dr. (James) Andrews looked at it and wanted to wait two weeks for the swelling to go down to be accurate. After two weeks he determined that it needed to be fixed.
“We got it fixed and Carl is working very hard,” Malzahn said. “He is determined to try to make it back sometime this year. We’ll see how that goes.”
Asked if Lawson could be ready by midseason, Malzahn said, "That is yet to be determined, but he is an unbelievable worker. He is a physical specimen, put together really well. He is very determined so we’ll kind of see where that goes."
Another defensive end is also recovering from surgery. “Keymiya Harrell re-injured his ACL off the field and had to get it fixed so we have that,” Malzahn said of the player who missed the entire 2013 season with a knee injury.
Another defensive lineman, Tyler Nero, is taking a hardship medical redshirt. Malzahn said that Nero will stay at Auburn and continue to work on his degree and may have some type of role with the football team.
The injury news is better on wide receiver Jaylon Denson, “star” Justin Garrett and linebacker Javiie Mitchell, who missed spring drills due to injuries. Those players should be ready for action when the Tigers open preseason drills, Malzahn noted.