AUBURN, Ala. — In terms of team health, Auburn football can’t wait for its bye week to get here. But first, the Tigers must take on Arkansas away from home this Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT on SEC Network).
Auburn left a 27-23 upset loss to LSU with plenty of injury concerns, mostly on the defensive side of the ball. Starting senior safety Tray Matthews missed the entire second half with a right hamstring injury, and senior linebacker Tre’ Williams did not play for the third time in four games with a shoulder issue.
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn provided injury updates for a list of Tigers on Wednesday during his time on the SEC coaches teleconference. The Tigers practiced for the first time this week — they had Sunday off — on Tuesday afternoon.
Malzahn said all of the injured players returned to practice in some capacity, with Matthews and left guard Mike Horton both limited in their returns.
Here’s a recap of what Malzahn said about each player:
- DE Marlon Davidson: “Marlon practiced fully. … Marlon will be ready [against Arkansas].” Davidson went to the injury tent during the LSU game and pointed to his shoulder late in the contest.
- LG Mike Horton: “Mike Horton did practice in a limited basis, but he looked pretty good. … Mike is a guy that is still day-to-day. It was good to see him back out there practicing.” Horton aggravated an ankle injury two weeks ago against Ole Miss.
- LB Tre’ Williams: “Tre’ Williams practiced yesterday. Matter of fact, he practiced well.” Williams has missed three of his last four games with a nagging shoulder injury.
- DB Tray Matthews: “Tray Matthews was limited. He’ll practice today.” Matthews picked up a new injury — a pulled right hamstring — in the first half against LSU.
- DT Derrick Brown, LB Deshaun Davis and LB Darrell Williams: “They all practiced and all those guys will play.” All three went to the sideline medical tent during the LSU game but finished the contest. Brown suffered an apparent leg injury during LSU’s final field goal with under a minute remaining.
Malzahn ruled out senior center Casey Dunn on Tuesday for the matchup against Arkansas.