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Auburn's Duke Williams suffers ankle injury

MATTHEW STEVENS

sports@ledger-enquirer.com

D'haquille Williams didn’t see the end of Saturday’s scrimmage at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Two days after his return to the practice field, Williams was seen being taken out of the stadium on a golf cart before the second scrimmage of preseason camp ended.

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn attempted to downplay the situation claiming the senior receiver didn’t get banged up during the 100-play scrimmage.

“I don’t believe he left,” Malzahn said. “We took him out. He was out there. He got to play some.”

Auburn officials later confirmed Williams suffered a slightly twisted ankle as the reason for his removal.

“There wasn’t anything that stood to me,” Malzahn said about Williams after the scrimmage. “He’s in the process of everyday getting better.”

According to Malzahn, Williams did not receive any first-team snaps in the scrimmage as he continues to work his way from the bottom of the depth chart.

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, who announced Thursday Williams had returned to practice as an active member of the roster, said to ESPN anchor Rece Davis Friday that “the ball is in his court” when asked about Williams’ situation with the team going forward.

In Friday’s media session with the Tigers assistant coaches, wide receiver coach Dameyune Craig attempted to clarify any misinformation about the reasoning Williams missed six practices over a five-day period.

"It's a certain standard that we have here at Auburn University and as far as the way we're going to practice and being accountable, and that's it," Craig said. "There wasn't no altercation, there wasn't no arguments, so we can stop the speculation."

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