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Gus Malzahn updates health status of Duke Williams, injured defenders

AUBURN, Ala. — On Tuesday, Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee downplayed that there was anything wrong with receiver D'haquille Williams. During the open portion of Tuesday's practice, the rising senior was seen getting extra work done while stretching with a trainer.

"There's nothing to that," Lashlee said. "Nine practices in, a lot of guys — wideouts, running backs, linebackers — they're just tight. There's no issues there whatsoever."

Saturday, Auburn took to Jordan-Hare Stadium for its second scrimmage of the spring. Though coach Gus Malzahn didn't provide much detail on Williams, he acknowledged the Tigers' top returning pass-catcher participated. And like Lashlee, Malzahn said the issue Williams is dealing with is simply a part of the wear and tear of having physical practices.

"Some of the guys, especially the skill guys — what is this, practice 11? — are going to have little minor things, but nothing serious," Malzahn said "There's a lot of guys that have minor things at this point, but that's to be expected, because we've been grinding pretty hard."

To that point, there were three players who didn't take part in any fashion Saturday, all on defense: defensive lineman Raashed Kennion (undisclosed), linebacker Justin Garrett (ankle sprain) and cornerback Jonathan Jones (foot).