Three Clemson football players were suspended for the team’s College Football Playoff run after testing positive for the banned substance ostarine.
Defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence was the most significant absence for the Tigers.
He was part of Clemson’s elite defensive line, but left the school for the NFL Draft.
Two other Tigers farther down the depth chart remain suspended as Clemson investigates the matter.
Tight end Braden Galloway was expected to take on a much bigger role this upcoming season, while offensive lineman Zach Giella is also expected to provide depth as a veteran.
Galloway would be a big loss if the season suspension is upheld, given a lack of depth at the position.
Dabo Swinney commented on the ongoing process, and while he does not have a ton of new information, he admitted that the mistake may be on Clemson’s part.
From The Post and Courier:
Clemson officials still don’t know or aren’t saying how three football players tested positive for an illegal performance-enhancing drug prior to the Dec. 29 Cotton Bowl. But as the program continues to appeal the suspensions, head coach Dabo Swinney acknowledged it could have come from within — mistakenly.
“Oh yeah, I mean, there’s a chance that it could come from anything,” Swinney said when asked if it’s possible the players ingested ostarine in a Clemson-issued supplement or were exposed to it in some other way at the school. “They’re going to test everything and look at everything. And that’s the problem. As you really look at this stuff, it could be a contaminant that came from anything, that was something that was cleared and not a problem, and all of a sudden, it becomes there was something.”
If the suspension is upheld, the two players will miss the entire 2019 season.