Auburn RT Darius James gets ‘good report’ after neck injury vs. Mercer

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn right tackle Darius James was carted off the field Saturday afternoon in the second quarter of the Tigers’ game against Mercer.

James went face down on the field after a first-down run by Kamryn Pettway midway through the second quarter. The senior right tackle moved his right leg some while lying on the field, but Auburn trainers stabilized his neck on a board before putting him on the cart.

The Auburn tackle was taken to a nearby hospital, East Alabama Medical Center, for precautionary reasons. Auburn announced he had “full movement in his extremities.”

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“Darius James, got a good report,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said after the game. “Think he’s back. Everything is fine. That was a scary deal. Any time it’s a neck injury and one of your players gets carted off the field, that’s a very scary deal. So that’s a real positive.”

Auburn players said after the game James was back in the locker room and “moving well.”

James started the last eight games of the season for Auburn at left tackle last season, his first since transferring from Texas. The Killeen, Texas native moved to right tackle and picked up starts there in the first three games of the season.

Auburn moved senior center Austin Golson to right tackle to replace James after he was carted off the field. Senior graduate transfer Casey Dunn took over at center.