AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn football has a growing list of minor injuries coming out of what Gus Malzahn called a “very physical” 14-6 loss at No. 3 Clemson last Saturday.
Malzahn said every one of his players was out at practice in some capacity Tuesday, but several are “day-to-day” with injuries heading into a homecoming game this Saturday against Mercer.
That group is led by junior No. 2 running back Kerryon Johnson, who missed the entire Clemson game with a hamstring injury he suffered in Week 1 against Georgia Southern.
“[Johnson] is still day-to-day,” Malzahn said Wednesday on the SEC coaches teleconference. “All of our guys were out there at practice yesterday. Some were more limited than others. There’s a handful of guys that are day-to-day. Once we get to Thursday, we’ll know a little bit more.”
Senior safety Nick Ruffin, who suffered an injury late in the loss to Clemson, is also on the day-to-day list. Malzahn said the second-string safety participated in practice Tuesday.
On Tuesday morning, Malzahn said he expected starting running back Kamryn Pettway to be available for the Mercer game. Pettway carried the ball 22 times for 74 yards in his season debut while dealing with a reported heel injury.
With Pettway and Johnson less than 100 percent, Auburn will most likely rely on sophomore Kam Martin and redshirt freshman Malik Miller at running back against its FCS opponent this weekend. Neither recorded a carry against Clemson.
“Those other guys will be ready to go,” Malzahn said. “Kam Martin and Malik, both of those guys are ready to go when called upon. I think both of them will do a good job once they get in.”
In non-injury news, Malzahn said junior backup quarterback Sean White is back at practice after serving a two-game suspension to start the season. White will be the No. 2 behind sophomore starter Jarrett Stidham against Mercer.
“Sean White is back,” Malzahn said. “He’s had a good week of practice so far. He’s back and ready to go.”