Injuries May Postpone Saturday Scrimmage

A report from Auburn's Thursday evening football practice is featured.

Auburn, Ala.--After plenty of contact in the morning practice, the Tigers backed off on the hitting in the evening session on Thursday as head coach Tommy Tuberville hopes to get a growing group of injured Tigers healthy again.

In fact, Tuberville said he is so concerned about injuries that Saturday morning's scheduled scrimmage could be postponed to Sunday or Monday.

Projected starting linebacker Karibi Dede dressed but didn't participate in drills on Thursday afternoon with a bruised shoulder.

Another linebacker, freshman Hendrick Leverette, was hurt in a non-contact kicking game drill and suffered a bruised leg. He is expected to be out several days.

A linebacker who is expected to be out for a longer period, Steve Gandy, is making progress at East Alabama Medical Center as doctors drain a fluid buildup underneath his quad muscle in what team officials describe as a very unusual occurrence. "They will hopefully finish up closing up his wound tomorrow," Tuberville said. "It looks like he will be on the road to recovery. How long that is going to be--a month or two months--we will have to wait and see. The prognosis looks good, barring any complications."

Noseguard Tez Doolittle suffered a bruised Achilles tendon and spent the evening practice on an exercise bike. He is expected back for Friday's practice.

*Cornerback Jerraud Powers missed the workout with a shoulder bruise, but shouldn't be out of action for long, the head coach noted.

Tuberville said because of the injuries, a scrimmage originally planned for Saturday morning could be postponed to Sunday or Monday. The Tigers are scheduled to practice at 10:30 a.m. on Friday with just one workout planned. There will also be one practice on Saturday and Sunday unless the schedule changes. "I don't know when the scrimmage will be," said Tuberville, who added, "There is no reason to practice if you don't have enough people out here to scrimmage."

In other news from Thursday's second practice:

*Tailback Kenny Irons, guard Ben Grubbs and Cole Bennett won praise from Tuberville for their play in Wednesday's scrimmage.

*The offense spent much of the Thursday evening practice working on the two-minute drill. It also worked on goal line and other short yardage situations.

*The kickers had a strong day in practice. John Vaughn and Zach Kutch were a perfect 4-4 from 30, 38, 47 and 51 yards while Matt Clark had just one miss from 47. Tuberville planned to make the team run wind sprints after practice if one of the three didn't make a 51-yarder, but all three came through. Clark's kick was the stongest and would have been good at close to 60 yards out.

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