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Auburn DE Jeff Holland had to leave Saturday's game with an injury.

Auburn standout DE Jeff Holland suffers injury scare, leaves game vs. Louisiana-Monroe

Auburn’s defense is holding its breath right now as arguably its top defensive player is hobbled on the sidelines a week before the Iron Bowl.

Tigers defensive end Jeff Holland, who leads the team in sacks (9) and tackles for loss (12), left the team’s game against Louisiana-Monroe with what some are reporting may be a knee injury.

The good news is that sideline reporter Kris Budden gave an optimistic update on Holland’s status during the ESPN2 broadcast as he was shown jogging on the Auburn sidelines.

He had emerged from the injury tent but didn’t have his helmet on at the time of the update, but he did return to the game early in the second quarter. Hopefully the setback doesn’t cause him any problems going forward.

Here’s a look at when the injury took place.

Holland’s 9 sacks are 5.5 more than any other Tigers player. Meanwhile, his 12 tackles for loss are 4.5 more than any other Tiger.

He’s also caused havoc in other ways, tying for the SEC lead with 4 forced fumbles to go along with 16 quarterback hurries.