Auburn sophomore defensive end Byron Cowart is out after having surgery on his appendix this week.
Auburn, Ala.--An already beaten up Auburn football team got more bad news this week when sophomore defensive end Byron Cowart underwent surgery on Wednesday to remove his appendix, something that will keep him out for an extended amount of time.
Coach Gus Malzahn said the proeduere went well, but noted it is too early to know when Cowart will be ready to resume football. Malzahn said that the coaching staff is still working through how that will impact the depth chart to close the regular season.
"He did have an emergency appendectomy, it happened this morning," Malzahn said. "I don't know the status of how long he's out and all that, but it went well and he's recovering well."
A player who has seen his role diminish this season with the move of big freshman Derrick Brown
to defensive end behind starter and fellow true freshman Marlon Davidson
, Cowart has six tackles with tackle for a loss in 10 games for the Tigers.Last season he totaled six tackles with six quarterback hurries in 13 games.
Without Cowart available Brown is expected to continue to get his reps at defensive end with Devaroe Lawrence and Andrew Williams the second-team defensive tackles for Auburn.
"Coach (Kevin) Steele will work through that with Coach (Rodney) Garner," Malzahn said on how Cowart's absence will change the playing rotation. "Everything happened pretty quick last night. I'll be able to give you a little more information as the week goes on."
Auburn will face Alabama A&M at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday with the game scheduled for TV coverage SEC Network Alternate channel.
Malzahn said he doesn't know yet whether or not Sean White will play quarterback this week due to a shoulder injury, but even if he is back the Tigers are expected to play numerous backups due to injuries.
"This time of year you've got to deal with injuries," the coach said. "Every team deals with it in different ways. We've had quite a few but it's got to be next man up mentality. That's the way we're approaching it and it's got to be next man up and ready to go."
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