Ellis Johnson does not expect ‘anybody’s going to be out’ this week

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 3, 2013 

In this file photo from earlier in the year, Auburn's Anthony Swain makes a tackle on Ole Miss running back I'Tavius Mathers. Defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson said Tuesday that Swain has still yet to take part in drills this spring due to undisclosed reasons.

TODD VAN EMST — Auburn University

AUBURN, Ala.Ellis Johnson was pleased with more than just Saturday’s result.

Yes, Auburn’s defensive coordinator was happy the team beat Arkansas 35-17, its fifth straight victory. But given the number of injuries his unit has been dealt this season, Johnson was relieved to finally come out of a game without a key player out for an extended period of time.

“Knock on wood,” he said following Sunday’s practice, which he noted was brief and was mainly spent focusing on correcting mistakes from the Arkansas game. “I wish y'all would quit asking about injuries. (Saturday was) about the first time we got through a game and not had somebody that won't play next week.”

There were a couple of players nicked up — defensive end Dee Ford and linebacker Anthony Swain both have bruised knees — but nothing too serious. Then again, things can always change at a moment’s notice, and Johnson said he would have a better feel for things by Monday evening.

“I don't think anybody's going to be out,” he said. “We may have some limited practice but I really don't think we'll know until we get a report tomorrow after treatments on Monday. And we'll see who's ready to go on Tuesday practicing.”

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