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No. 1 Clemson will be without QB Trevor Lawrence for next week's game at Notre Dame

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Trevor Lawrence will not play for No. 1 Clemson when the Tigers travel to No. 4 Notre Dame next week due to his positive test for COVID-19 that was revealed Thursday.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney made the announcement after the Tigers rallied to beat Boston College 34-28 with D.J. Uiagalelei at quarterback.

"He's doing great," Swinney said. "He Zoomed with the team last night. Talked to him this morning. He feels like he could play today."

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Lawrence, the early front-runner for the Heisman Trophy, missed the game vs. Boston College game after testing positive for COVID-19. The school announced the test result Thursday night and he was ruled out Saturday's game.

According to ACC protocol, a player who tests positive must isolate for 10 days from the start of symptoms or the date of the first positive test. That made it unlikely Lawrence would be available next week against Notre Dame, especially with him also required to go through an evaluation of his heart before being cleared.

a group of football players on a field: Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence throws a pass during this team's game against Virginia at Memorial Stadium. © Ken Ruinard, USA TODAY Sports Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence throws a pass during this team's game against Virginia at Memorial Stadium.

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“You got the 10 days, but then you have the cardiac part," Swinney said. "He won’t be able to get through that in time to play (vs. Notre Dame).”

"It's put in place so he can return to play safely."

In his absence, Uiagaleiei played well in a come-from-behind victory. The true freshman finished 30-for-41 for 342 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a score.

The test will be tougher against Notre Dame, which is the only other ACC unbeaten and considered the team most likely to stop the Tigers from winning a sixth consecutive conference title. 

Lawrence could still get a shot at the Irish in the league's championship game with Notre Dame a member of the conference this season due to COVID-19.

Contributing: Scott Keepfer, Greenville News

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: No. 1 Clemson will be without QB Trevor Lawrence for next week's game at Notre Dame

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