Shaq Lawson says there is a 'very good chance' he will play vs. Bama

PHOENIX -- Clemson All-American defensive endShaq Lawsonsaid there's a "very good chance" he will play against Alabama in Monday night's College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T.

Lawson, a junior, suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee in the Tigers' Capital One Orange Bowl win over Oklahoma on Dec. 31, left the game early and didn't return.

"There's a very good chance I'll play," Lawson said. "I'm just trying to get my knee stronger before Monday."

Lawson, a Lombardi Award finalist who leads the nation in tackles for loss (23.5), will be key to the Tigers' defensive efforts against the Crimson Tide.

Asked to put a percentage on the chance that he plays, Lawson said "60 percent" but emphasized there's still time to improve before kickoff (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Lawson said he is getting treatment from Clemson's training staff twice a day for a total of about two hours daily. He practiced Thursday but noted that he has been limited.

"I'm getting better every day," Lawson said.

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