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Dexter Lawrence Chances To Play vs. Notre Dame Are 'Slim And None'

Clemson superstar Dexter Lawrence.

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 01: Dexter Lawrence #90 of the Clemson Tigers reacts against the Pittsburgh Panthers in the first quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Dexter Lawrence was one of three Clemson football players who failed drug tests ahead of Saturday's College Football Playoff semifinal against Notre Dame.

Lawrence is a member of the Tigers' vaunted defensive line and a potential first-round NFL Draft pick.

Lawrence, offensive lineman Zach Giella, and tight end Braden Galloway each tested positive for "slivers" of a banned substance called "ostarine."

Dabo Swinney gave a lengthy defense of his players when announcing the news earlier this week.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, it doesn't sound like there's much of a chance that they are cleared in time for this upcoming semifinal game.

According to a Yahoo! Sports source, the chances for Dexter Lawrence to get cleared by Saturday are extremely slim.

The NCAA has to both test a B sample from the players, as well as receive and test a new, clean sample from Lawrence and the other two Tigers.

It is highly unlikely that all of that happens in time for the trio to be cleared for Saturday, per Yahoo:

Swinney said the players were waiting on results of a “B” sample that should be available Wednesday. While a clean B sample could clear the players, it would be an unlikely result. A source with extensive experience in the NCAA drug-testing realm told Yahoo Sports on Monday that the players’ chances of playing in the Cotton Bowl are “slim and none.”

The source said that if the B sample is positive as expected, reinstatement to play would be dependent upon the players subsequently registering a clean test with the NCAA. That’s a virtual impossibility before kickoff Saturday.

If Clemson gets by Notre Dame, there's a chance that Lawrence could play in the National Championship Game, with more time for the NCAA to get it together. Hopefully they can get through the full process quickly and no one has a chance to miss on an incredible career opportunity here, if they are legitimately clean.

[Yahoo Sports]