AUBURN, Ala. — Another name was added to Auburn's injured ranks Saturday night. On Samford's first play from scrimmage, Tiger defensive lineman DaVonte Lambert was credited with the tackle, bringing down Bulldog running back Denzel Williams for a minimal gain.
But the junior defensive end got the worst of the collision. Once the play concluded, Lambert stayed on the field for an extended period of time. He was down long enough that Auburn coach Gus Malzahn eventually jogged across the field to where Lambert laid.
Lambert was able to walk off the field under his own power, though he was limping heavily. After being looked at by Auburn's training staff — including Dr. James Andrews — Lambert headed into the locker room. He did not return to Saturday's game.
A transfer from Georgia Military College, Lambert has had a solid first season on the Plains. He leads the Tigers in sacks (3.5) and is second on the team in tackles for loss (seven). Lambert has 23 total tackles (11 solo, 12 assisted) and has a pair of pass breakups and has also forced a fumble.
He has started nine straight games at defensive end. Once Lambert departed, sophomore Elijah Daniel replaced him in the lineup.
Malzahn had no further information about Lambert once the game concluded.
"I don't (have any update)," the coach said. "He got hurt on the first play (for Samford's offense) there. I don't know his status at this point. I know he wasn't able to come back."