AUBURN, Ala. — After missing a Tuesday practice with a leg injury, Auburn running back Kamryn Pettway returned to the field Wednesday.
According to Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, Pettway participated in practices Wednesday. Pettway suffered an apparent quad injury on a 60-yard run in the fourth quarter of Auburn’s 23-16 win over Vanderbilt last Saturday.
“He was out there today,” Lashlee said Wednesday night. “He dressed out. At this point, I’d say he’s just day-to-day and those kind of things I don’t really know. And, so, each day we kinda see how he’s doing, and we’re optimistic he’ll be back very soon.”
Pettway currently leads the SEC in rushing with 1,108 yards and an average of 138.25 yards per game. Last week, the sophomore running back became the first Auburn player since Bo Jackson to rush for 150 yards in four consecutive games.
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said Wednesday morning during the SEC teleconference that Pettway missed practice Tuesday but was hopeful he would participate later in the day.
Pettway’s playing status for the Georgia game (3:30 p.m. ET on CBS) is still unknown, but his return to the practice field has to be a positive sign for the Tigers.
Lashlee took questions about the status of Pettway and sophomore quarterback Sean White on Wednesday night, but he emphasized the overall health problems of the team 10 weeks to the season.
“Every team is banged up,” Lashlee said. “We all are. We’re getting into (Week 11) in our league and so you still have physicality things you do in practice. But a lot of it is mental and trying to get your guys to the game. (The coaches focus on) knowing the game plan, but (also being) fresh and as healthy as they can be each week in and week out.”