AUBURN, Ala. — Rhett Lashlee said Wednesday night that Auburn running back Kamryn Pettway returned to the practice field. A day later, his head coach seemed to completely contradict that.
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said Thursday night during his weekly Tiger Talk press conference that Pettway has not practiced this week. Pettway suffered an apparent quad injury at the end of a 60-yard run against Vanderbilt last Saturday.
“He’s been in the training room all week,” Malzahn said. “He has improved. He’s been out there at practice. (Pettway) has not practiced. He’ll make the trip (to Georgia) with us. He’s a tough guy, and he heals quick, too.”
On Wednesday, Lashlee said Pettway was at practice Wednesday after missing Tuesday.
“He was out there today,” Lashlee said. “He was 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.”
When asked if Pettway being “out there” specifically meant participating in practice, Lashlee said it did.
“Yeah, they were able to do some things,” Lashlee said. “This time of year, and it’s not just those two guys, there are a lot of guys, every team is banged up. We all are. We’re getting into Week 10 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.”
As Malzahn said Thursday night, Pettway will make the trip to Athens this weekend for Auburn’s game against Georgia (3:30 p.m. ET on CBS). Earlier this week, Malzahn sounded somewhat optimistic that the SEC’s leading rusher would be able to play against the Bulldogs.
“We’re not ruling out Pettway yet,” Malzahn said. “Wouldn’t be surprised if he plays, but at the same time we’ve got other guys that will be ready to go. We’ve got a lot of confidence in those guys.”