AUBURN, Ala. — Although Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson went through every practice this week in his recovery from an ankle injury, his status is still up in the air heading into a crucial weekend on the Plains.
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said Thursday night that Johnson will continue to be evaluated until kickoff for the No. 21 Tigers’ game against No. 17 Arkansas on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. ET.
“Kerryon’s getting healthier,” Malzahn said on his weekly Tiger Talk radio show. “We’ll see. He practiced again today. He’s not 100 percent, but we’ll see where he is before game time.”
Johnson suffered an ankle injury two weeks ago in the first quarter of Auburn’s 38-14 road victory against Mississippi State. After the win, Malzahn called the injury “minor” and was optimistic for the sophomore’s return for the home matchup against Arkansas.
True freshman Kam Martin and converted sophomore wide receiver Stanton Truitt received the majority of the first-team reps for Auburn’s offense during its bye week. Johnson and backup running back Kamryn Pettway, who had 39 carries against Mississippi State, focused on rest and recovery during the break.
Johnson — who leads Auburn in rushing attempts (105), yards (538) and touchdowns (6) — returned to practice Sunday evening. Malzahn said Wednesday that Johnson “looked better” in Auburn’s Tuesday practice than he did Sunday.