Tiger Linebacker Out of Action

The Auburn defense will continue to play without a key performer.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn junior linebacker Tray Blackmon's season has ended prematurely.

Blackmon is scheduled to have surgery to repair a cracked bone in his wrist that hasn't healing as well as hoped. The first-team middle linebacker has been limited to special teams duty the past two weeks playing with a large cast to protect his injury.

Coach Tommy Tuberville said that Blackmon will have a screw put in his wrist. "He is done for the year," he noted. "It didn't respond as well as we hoped. That's part of it. We will just keep right on going. It's been tough luck for him."

Josh Bynes, a sophomore, has stepped into the role as the No. 1 middle linebacker.

Chris Evans, a senior who also plays outside linebacker, is working at practice in middle linebacker along with redshirt freshman Adam Herring and senior Courtney Harden, who also plays the strongside linebacker spot as a backup.

Blackmon started the first four games this season. After being injured vs. LSU, Bynes has started the past three games for the Tigers who do not play this weekend. Auburn returns to action the following week with a Thursday night road game at West Virginia.

Blackmon's high tackle game this year was against LSU with four solos and four assists. For the season he has 14 solo tackles and seven assists.

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