AUBURN, Alabama — Auburn quarterback Tyler Queen’s shoulder injury is apparently worse than first thought.
The redshirt freshman will undergo surgery Tuesday, a person familiar with the decision tells SEC Country. Auburn officials have not immediately returned messages seeking confirmation.
Queen underwent elbow surgery in September 2015 before injuring his right throwing shoulder during spring practices in April. Coaches did not expect surgery was in Queen’s future at the time, but that obviously has changed. He was limited to 50 throws at each spring practice as he continued to rebuild strength in his arm following elbow surgery.
Queen injured the AC joint in his right shoulder during a scrimmage in early April and had been utilizing a sling.
“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.