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Ellis Johnson: Auburn DE DaVonte Lambert 'probably out' for Iron Bowl

AUBURN, Ala. — The most productive pass-rusher on Auburn's roster may be a no-go for the Iron Bowl.

Defensive end DaVonte Lambert, who suffered an undisclosed leg injury on Samford's first play from scrimmage Saturday night, likely won't be available this week according to defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson.

"I don’t know the details on all the stuff on the medical thing. (Coach) Gus (Malzahn) will have to tell you Tuesday," Johnson said. " He’s probably out this week. We don’t know for sure."

Lambert has been a fixture in the Tigers' lineup the past two months, starting the last nine games at defensive end. In that time, the junior college transfer has made his presence known, leading the team in sacks (3.5). He has 24 total tackles this year (seven for loss) and 10 quarterback hurries.

If he can't play Saturday, Johnson will go back to a plan from earlier this season: cross-training Montravius Adams and Gabe Wright at both end and tackle.

"I’m sure they’ll have to be repped and be ready to go," the coach said before mentioning another possible option. "(True freshman) Raashed Kennion came in the other night and got almost basically his baptism as far as getting to play some. Whether he’ll be up for this (Saturday) or not, I don’t know."