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Auburn receivers D'haquille Williams, Ricardo Louis sit out versus Samford

AUBURN, Ala. — That D'haquille Williams missed his second straight game Saturday night wasn't a surprise.

What wasn't expected was a fellow receiver joining him on the sideline.

Junior Ricardo Louis, like Williams, was not dressed out during pregame warmups. Neither player's status changed, as both sat out Saturday's contest against Samford.

Williams' injury was known in advance. The junior receiver injured his right knee in the second quarter of Auburn's game against Texas A&M on Nov. 8. He did not return. Williams' injury stretched into last week, as he didn't participate in any practices nor did he travel with the team for its matchup at Georgia.

He took part in Wednesday's practice, however, marking the first time since the injury Williams had been healthy enough to participate.

Even so, Gus Malzahn was reluctant to say whether Williams would play Saturday.

"We'll see," Auburn's coach said in a post-practice interview Wednesday night. "It's day-to-day."

Williams' loss has been significant, as he leads the Tigers in every major receiving category, including receptions (38), yardage (609) and touchdowns (five).

Whether he'll be back for the Iron Bowl next week is still up in the air.

"We're hoping so," Malzahn said following Saturday's 31-7 win. "Not ready to make that call yet, but we are hopeful."

The reason for Louis' absence is unknown, as Malzahn would only say they "held him out" as a precautionary measure.

"We definitely want to try to get him healthy. Any time you hold a guy out, there's reasons," the coach said. "Hopefully he'll be back healthy."

The Miami native is third on the team in catches (18) and has 189 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

He's also contributed to the Tigers' ground game, carrying 15 times for 179 yards and one score.