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Gus Malzahn: WR D'haquille Willams 'week-to-week'

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn coach Gus Malzahn disclosed Tuesday that receiver D'haquille Williams has not practiced with the team in more than a week. Williams suffered a right knee injury in the second quarter of Auburn's loss to Texas A&M on Nov. 8 and did not return.

The junior also sat out last week's loss to Georgia, as he stayed in Auburn while the team traveled to Athens.

"He's not been back on the field yet. It's week-to-week," Malzahn said. "We hope to get him back, but I'm not ready to say when yet."

Williams leads the Tigers in receptions (38), receiving yards (609) and receiving touchdowns (five). Those numbers likely won't change Saturday — when Auburn hosts Samford — unless Williams is back to 100 percent.

During a game, Malzahn is willing to listen to players who assure him they are not fatigued. (Tre Mason's 46-carry performance in last year's SEC championship game being the most prominent example.) Malzahn does not extend that same option to players working their way back from injury.

Until a player has proven they have returned to optimum health, Malzahn won't allow them to take the field.

"Injuries are a little bit different as far as just wearing down," the coach said.