Tigers Suffer Injury On Offensive Line

Junior Steven Ross suffered an injury during Wednesday's practice and could miss the rest of the season.

Auburn, Ala.–-The off week hasn't been kind to the third-ranked Auburn Tigers as one of the top offensive line reserves suffered a knee injury during Wednesday's practice and could be lost for the remainder of the season.

Ross snaps to Wesley Hill in a practice last spring.

Junior Steven Ross, who started in place of injured Jeremy Ingle last week against Ole Miss and earlier against Louisiana Tech at center and against Mississippi State last season at tackle, has performed well for the Tigers this season, but he could be out the rest of the year after injuring a knee on Wednesday.

In a non-contact drill Ross went down after the knee gave way. Coach Tommy Tuberville said the injury was unfortunate, but they'll have to work around it until the full extent of the injury is known.

"He was just jogging in Wednesday's practice and it went out on him," Tuberville said. "We'll wait until Monday to evaluate the knee to let the swelling go down."

Without Ross the Tigers will likely move guard Danny Lindsey back to center for Thursday's practice and he will continue to receive time at the position, along with his duties at guard, with Ingle coming back from an ankle sprain. Auburn also has walk-on center Joe Cope, who has performed well in scrimmage situations this fall with the number three offense.

Offensive line coach Hugh Nall says that Cope has performed well in practice and is showing signs of similar development to Ingle, who also arrived at Auburn as a walk-on.

The Tigers, who have clinched a berth in the SEC Championship Game, are 9-0 overalland 6-0 in the conference. This is their first off week this season. Their next opponent, Georgia, is playing at Kentucky on Saturday.

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