AUBURN, Ala. — Kerryon Johnson is back on the practice field, but Auburn won’t make a final decision on the starting running back’s health until later in the week.
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said Tuesday that the team will know more about Johnson’s status for the Tigers’ upcoming matchup against No. 17 Arkansas (6 p.m. ET on ESPN) after Tuesday’s practice.
Johnson, who has started the majority of Auburn’s games this season at running back, left in the first quarter of a 38-14 victory at Mississippi State two weeks ago with an ankle injury. The sophomore rested during the Tigers’ bye week and returned to practice Sunday evening.
“He’ll practice today, and it was good that he practiced Sunday,” Malzahn said. “We’ll know more about his status after practice.”
Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee have remained optimistic over the last two weeks that Johnson will be ready to play against Arkansas.
The starting running back leads Auburn in rushing attempts (105), yards (538) and touchdowns (6) through the first six games of the season. He also has 9 catches this season for 67 yards.
In Johnson’s absence against Mississippi State, backup running back Kamryn Pettway carried the ball 39 times for 169 yards and 3 touchdowns. Auburn recently moved wide receiver Stanton Truitt to running back in order to build up more depth behind Johnson and Pettway.