AUBURN, Ala. — Ricardo Louis watched Tuesday's practice from the sideline.
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn wasn't worried, though. When asked why the junior receiver — who finished second on the team in both receptions (28) and yards (325) last season — didn't take part in the session, Malzahn responded in the succinct fashion that has become his trademark.
"He’s got a minor ailment," he said, declining to provide any further details on Louis' status.
Louis is far from the only injured Tiger at the moment. Joining him in sitting out Tuesday's practice was a quartet of defensive linemen — Tyler Nero (concussion), Keymiya Harrell (knee), LaDarius Owens (knee) and JaBrian Niles (undisclosed) — along with a pair of players recovering from long-term knee injuries in receiver Jaylon Denson and safety Josh Holsey.
Nero blacked out during Auburn's scrimmage on March 27 and hasn't taken part in practice since.
"Nothing’s changed," Malzahn said of Nero's availability.
Harrell is reportedly "day-to-day" after injuring his knee last Saturday.
After suffering a groin injury on the first drill of the first practice of spring, sophomore defensive end Elijah Daniel is back to 100 percent. With the defensive line's ranks thinned considerably, Malzahn said every little bit helps.
"We’re developing some depth," he said. "We’ve got some bigger guys at the first of spring that are playing out and will be able to do both. That will go a long way once fall gets here."
Holsey has still yet to participate in contact drills, but teammate Robenson Therezie said he's coming along well.
"He’s getting healthy," Therezie said. "We feel like he’s healthy now, but we’re still trying to protect him for the season and get him right."