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Pair of Auburn defensive backs out for the season

Auburn defensive back Jamel Dean lines up on A-Day at Jordan-Hare Stadium in April 2016.
Auburn defensive back Jamel Dean lines up on A-Day at Jordan-Hare Stadium in April 2016.

Defensive backs Jeremiah Dinson and Jamel Dean won’t see the field for Auburn this season.

Coach Gus Malzahn announced plans to hold the duo out of the lineup as they recover from injuries until the spring.

Dinson suffered multiple injuries — dislocated knee, dislocated shoulder and three torn ligaments in his knee — last year against Texas A&M playing as a true freshman.

Malzahn hoped the defensive back would be able to return by the end of this season, but the plan is now to hold him out until the spring.

“It doesn’t look like he’s going to (come back this season),” Malzahn said. “He’s an outstanding player. I think give him a few more months, get him to spring and get him back 100 percent.”

It’s the same plan for Dean, who injured his knee during a scrimmage in fall camp. Dean redshirted his freshman year recovering from multiple knee injuries he suffered at Cocoa High School.

Malzahn announced Dean would miss “an extended period of time” in August, but stopped short of ruling him out for the year.

There isn’t a need to rush Dean back into the lineup with fellow freshman redshirt defensive back Javaris Davis and Joshua Holsey playing well opposite Carlton Davis.

“Same thing,” Malzahn said. “It will be this spring getting him back in the mix and those are two outstanding football players we don’t have right now.”

Michael Niziolek: 334-332-8572, @wareagleextra

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