Auburn football: Linebacker Justin Garrett to take medical redshirt, sit out rest of season

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 20, 2013 

Auburn's Justin Garrett is relieved to be back on the field after an injury-plagued 2013 campaign.

TODD J. VAN EMST — Todd J. Van Emst

AUBURN, Ala. — After weeks of speculation, Ellis Johnson finally cleared the air about Justin Garrett’s status.

Auburn’s defensive coordinator confirmed Wednesday night that the junior linebacker would sit out the remainder of the season after having surgery on his broken right foot a few weeks ago.

“I don’t know how many weeks it has been now,” Johnson said. “He maybe could possibly get back for a bowl game, but it’s not worth taking a year from him. He’ll get a redshirt year for this year and be back hopefully in the spring ready to roll.”

The Tucker native has been injured for a vast majority of the season. Entering the fall as the starter at the “Star,” the Tigers’ hybrid linebacker/safety position, Garrett was expected to have a breakout year. But he missed the first two games of the year with a separate foot injury. Upon Garrett’s return, he found that Robenson Therezie had established himself as the starter at the Star spot.

With that, Garrett moved to linebacker, where he played against Mississippi State and LSU — making two tackles in each contest — before he went out with his latest foot injury, which will keep him out until spring practice next year.

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