Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson will be sidelined during spring practices after having shoulder surgery, according to Brandon Marcello of AL.com.
An Auburn spokesman confirmed Johnson had a “procedure,” but his status for spring practice has yet to be determined, according to the report.
Johnson had a solid freshman season, rushing for 208 yards and three touchdowns on 52 carries and adding 159 yards on 14 receptions.
The rising sophomore will undoubtedly have an expanded role in coach Gus Malzahn’s offense in 2016 after Peyton Barber declared for the NFL draft, but missing any time in spring practices will limit his growth in the system. If Johnson does return to action this spring, he will only participate in noncontact drills, according to the report.
Auburn will rely on senior Jovon Robinson and junior Roc Thomas to carry the load at running back in spring practice with Johnson’s absence.