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Report: Auburn DE Carl Lawson will not play against LSU

Oct 5, 2013; Auburn, AL, USA; Mississippi Rebels quarterback Bo Wallace (14) is tackled by Auburn Tigers defensive end Carl Lawson (55) during the first half at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 5, 2013; Auburn, AL, USA; Mississippi Rebels quarterback Bo Wallace (14) is tackled by Auburn Tigers defensive end Carl Lawson (55) during the first half at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Auburn's star defensive end Carl Lawson did not make the trip with his team to LSU, ending any speculation that he may return from injury to play Saturday, according to AL.com.

Lawson injured his hip in the opener against Louisville and has not returned to the field since that time. The former freshman All-American appeared to be making a successful return to form in the opener after missing all of 2014 after tearing his ACL in the offseason. Lawson had one sack and two tackles-for-loss in only a quarter of work against the Cardinals in week one before getting injured.

In a game many suspect to be a defensive battle, Lawson's absence makes Auburn's job that much tougher on the road at LSU.

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(h/t AL.com)