Auburn football's Hugh Freeze: Two players out for rest of spring practice due to injuries
AUBURN — With seven spring practices in the rear-view mirror, Auburn football coach Hugh Freeze received a list Monday morning regarding the players on his roster dealing with injuries.
None are serious, according to the coach, but interior offensive lineman Tate Johnson and wide receiver Malcolm Johnson Jr. are out until at least after A-Day.
"Tate is out probably for the rest of spring, unfortunately," Freeze said Monday afternoon. "He dislocated an elbow. The MRI was great on that, (it showed) that it’s nothing structurally. But it takes time for those things to tighten back up. That hurt us in the o-line, for sure."
Freeze said of Malcolm Johnson: "It’s a collar bone. ... I want to say they expect him back in June sometime."
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Tate Johnson, who Freeze highlighted Monday as someone that has stepped up and impressed him as a leader, was getting work along the interior of the line before he went down with his injury.
"There’s an expectation that we’re trying to set and he wants to drive the train for that expectation," Freeze said of Johnson last week. "It matters to him. Wearing Auburn on his chest means something. You can’t have enough of those guys.”
Malcolm Johnson appeared in six games last season, catching two passes for 28 yards. He also logged one rush attempt for three yards in a win over Mercer on Sept. 3.
Richard Silva is the Auburn athletics beat writer for the Montgomery Advertiser. He can be reached via email at email@example.com or on Twitter @rich_silva18.
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