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Clemson DE Shaq Lawson out with knee injury vs. Oklahoma

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The junior was ruled out for the game at halftime.

Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

The Clemson Tigers are battling the Oklahoma Sooners in the first College Football Playoff semifinal without star defensive end Shaq Lawson, who is on the sideline with an ice pack on his left knee in the first quarter.

Here's the latest on his status:

At halftime, the medical staff provided an update:

The 6'3, 270-pounder drew headlines after exchanging trash-talk on Wednesday with Sooner players after finding his way onto the Oklahoma team bus following a team luncheon. There had already been an altercation between players from the two teams during the luncheon that included some pushing and shoving.

Now it appears that Lawson may not have an opportunity to back up that trash talk and continue a season that has seen him record 22.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks.