Ole Miss defensive coordinator Dave Wommack said defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche practiced on Tuesday and is likely to play against Auburn on Saturday, according to Chuck Rounsaville of the Ole Miss Spirit.
Defensive back Tony Conner also returned to practice, but Wommack is not as optimistic that he’ll play this weekend. “I think Robert will be ready,” Wommack told reporters on Tuesday. “He has not had any concussion symptoms for a couple of days now and he dressed out today. We are going to check Tony out carefully and not rush anything, but if he can go, we will play him. We’ll see. It’s a long way until Saturday.”
Nkemdiche sustained a concussion against Memphis on Oct. 17 and missed the contest against Texas A&M this past Saturday.
The 6-foot-4, 296-pounder has 17 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and four quarterback hurries this season.
Nkemdiche suffered the concussion while running the ball on offense. He has scored three touchdowns this season.
The Loganville, Ga., native is highly regarded as a top-5 NFL draft pick if he declares after the season.