Auburn injury update: Running back Peyton Barber 'should be OK'

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comApril 20, 2014 

AUBURN, Ala.Peyton Barber's A-Day outing was brief.

The redshirt freshman running back left the game in the first quarter with a right leg injury. The injury occurred on the second play of scrimmage for the White team, and marked the only carry of the game for Barber. After receiving the handoff, he ran for 13 yards before he was met by linebacker Cassanova McKinzy, who forced a fumble that was recovered by Derrick Moncrief. Barber remained on the field for a few minutes before being helped off by a pair of trainers.

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn didn't know the extent of the injury when he arrived for his postgame press conference, but believed it won't keep Barber sidelined for long.

"He should be OK," the coach said.

After sitting out last season, Barber had worked his way into the competition for the starting running back position this spring. He was expected to get a significant amount of carries Saturday.

That he didn't get to showcase his ability was a bitter pill to swallow for his teammates.

"I just wish Peyton Barber would have gotten a better chance to show what he's got," offensive lineman Avery Young said. "He is a great, powerful, skilled running back."

Barber was seen afterward on crutches and with a protective boot on his right foot. Though Barber didn't meet with reporters following the game, he appeared in a positive mood when he posted on his personal Twitter account Saturday night.

"I've learned God works in mysterious ways!" he tweeted. "Only makes me wanna love you and praise you more!"

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