ATLANTA — Backup quarterback Tyler Queen’s surgery was successful Tuesday and he may be back on the field sooner than many people think, coach Gus Malzahn said.
Queen underwent surgery to repair the AC joint in his right throwing shoulder. The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews, the Tigers’ team doctor.
“It went well,” Malzahn said before a speaking engagement at the College Football Hall of Fame. “I expect him to recover fully and hopefully be back by fall camp.”
Queen was recovering from elbow surgery he underwent in September 2015. He missed the entire season recuperating and was limited to 50 throws per day during spring practices before injuring the right shoulder during a scrimmage.
“I think he was getting better as spring went on,” Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said in April. “He wasn’t where he wanted to be but he was getting better. It’s a run of bad luck for him. It’s a different injury and it’s hopefully not near as severe. I know he was disappointed.”
Queen was not viewed as a threat in the competition to be Auburn’s starting quarterback in the fall.
He was rated a three-star, pro-style quarterback out of North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Ga.