Battling juniors Kodi Burns and Neil Caudle for the starting job to start the spring, Trotter had been moved to a lesser role in the last two practices by the coaching staff to give the two veterans more reps with the first team. That will end with Trotter's injury on Thursday as the duo will get all the snaps the final two practices of the spring.
Trotter will have surgery next week in Birmingham from Dr. James Andrews. A standout at Briarwood Christian School, Trotter will have trouble making any noise for the Tigers during the 2009 season because of the injury, which requires a normal rehabilitation time of six months.
The good news for Auburn is that Caudle will be able to play in Saturday's A-Day game at Jordan-Hare Stadium after getting his bell rung during Thursday's practice. Burns and Caudle are the frontrunners for the starting quarterback job as the Tigers close in on the end of spring practice.