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Rebel RG Jordan Sims has been struggling with an ankle issue but he's playing through it

The Ole Miss coaches didn't think Jordan Sims would be able to play against Auburn because of an ankle injury, but he gutted it out and played through the pain.

Jordan Sims didn't want to miss the opportunity to play against an SEC powerhouse defense.

Even though he could barely walk due to an ankle injury sustained at LSU, he suited up and ended up playing  quite a bit against the Tigers.

"It was tough, but I've been fighting the injury. Auburn is one of those games you just don't want to miss. I don't want to miss any game time or practice time if I can help it," said Sims. "I've been going to treatment twice a day and that has helped me. I feel better this week for sure.

"I practiced today (Tuesday) and feel like I will be able to practice the rest of the week. I can push off, cut and pull and do whatever I need to do."

It's a good thing he is ready to go because Center Robert Conyers, RT Sean Rawlings and LT Rod Taylor were all missing in action at Tuesday's practice and the musical chairs continued.

"Coach (Matt) Luke moved Javon (Patterson) to center and I even took some snaps at center. I moved to left guard and Daronte (Bouldin) is at right guard. Alex Givens is at right tackle and Greg (Little) is at LT.," he said. "It will be fun. It's good to be versatile.

"Javon is really good at snapping, better than me. It's going to be fun to try to hone those skills."

Sims was asked to comment on the two freshmen tackles and how they have progressed.

"They are doing very well. They were called upon to play a big role on our OL and they responded," he said. "They are great kids, great athletes and they are very coachable. They have great futures here.

"Our depth is very thin right now, so I look for us to have to play a lot of snaps this Saturday, but there are also some guys out there who have been waiting their turn and I hope they get their chance too."

Sims was also asked about the second half lulls off the offense.

"We just have to come out more focused and fight through adversity," he said. "We are not seeing different defensive looks or anything, we just have to stay focused for 60 minutes. We haven't done that at times."

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