'Frustrating' hamstring limiting Trevor Lawrence at Jacksonville minicamp

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CLEMSON — Trevor Lawrence didn’t participate in team drills on Monday at Jacksonville Jaguars minicamp.

The former Clemson quarterback was limited in last week’s OTA session with tightness in his hamstring. The injury reemerged in Jacksonville’s first day of mandatory minicamp, keeping the Jaguars’ No. 1 overall pick out of team drills and that’s likely happen again on Tuesday.

“Our trainers and Schotty [passing game coordinator Brian Schottenheimer] are being a little cautious because right now when you’re a month out, you yank a hamstring now you’re going to miss the early part of the training camp,” Jacksonville coach Urban Meyer said after minicamp. “That’s that one muscle that, you guys have all seen it like I have, you pull a hamstring at this point you’re going to miss all your summer conditioning. So we’re being somewhat conservative on it.

“But he actually could play a game if he had to.”

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Former Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is dealing with a hamstring injury. (James Gilbert/Getty Images)

The Jaguars just have one day remaining of minicamp and then break until training camp begins in late July. At Monday’s practice, Lawrence did not participate in full 11-on-11 work but did go through individual drills and throw during the 7-on-7 period.

His hamstring issue comes right after he healed from labrum surgery on his non-throwing shoulder. He had his surgery done in the late winter, allowing plenty of time for him to fully recover from the injury. He went through rookie minicamp on a strict pitch count with his throws as Meyer didn’t want to take any chances with his new franchise quarterback.

Lawrence would prefer to be practicing with his new teammates. However, he understands what pulling his hamstring could do to his summer plans.

“It’s been about a week and trying to work it back to full capacity and yeah, it’s a little frustrating just not being able to go full speed, but I’m feeling good,” Lawrence said. “I’m just trying to not have any more setbacks, so taking it slow. Got some good reps today. So start getting more and more each day this week and kind of work back into it.”

The winningest quarterback in Clemson history, Lawrence was a Heisman Trophy finalist last season and went 34-2 as a starter during his career. He led the Tigers to the national title as a freshman in 2018, before falling to LSU and Ohio State in the College Football Playoff his last two seasons.

Other than missing two games in COVID-19 protocol last season, he never faced any major injuries during his time playing college football.

Trevor Lawrence will now have to get his hamstring right before training camp begins at the end of July.