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Injury question marks following Auburn’s 31-24 win over Louisville

Michael Niziolek

mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn didn’t escape the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game unscathed.

The Tigers’ coaching staff will look to get a report on a few players that left Saturday’s game 31-24 win over Louisville with injuries.

Running back Roc Thomas left the game in the second quarter with an undisclosed leg injury. He was taken back to the locker room, and did not return.

His last carry was on Auburns’ opening drive of the second quarter for no gain. He finished the game with six carries for 27 yards.

In response to a general inquiry about injuries, coach Gus Malzahn wasn’t ready to talk about the specifics. 

“We do have some guys banged up,” Malzahn said. “I don’t know the extend of all the injuries, but we do have some guys banged up.”

Defensive lineman Carl Lawson, who missed all of last season with a knee injury, missed the second half. He the best player on the field in the first half picking up a four tackles with a sack and two tackles for loss.

AL.com reported Lawson missed the second half with a hip injury based on an interview defensive coordinator Will Muschamp gave to the Auburn’s postgame radio show.

“Carl Lawson is an impact player,” coach Gus Malzahn said. “I think you saw that in the first half. When he doesn’t make the play, he helps other people make plays. With him being out, obviously there was a difference.”

Safety Tray Matthews was another player shaken up on the defense. In the fourth quarter, he hurt his left shoulder tackling Charles Standberry, and was helped to the sideline by the Tigers’ training staff after a brief stoppage of play.

He went to the back to be evaluated, but returned the field for Louisville’s final drive.

None of the injured players were made available to the media after the game.

Michael Niziolek covers Auburn football for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Email him at mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+

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