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All hands likely on deck for Auburn football team in week two

Michael Niziolek

mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn defensive back Tray Matthews (28) walks off the field after an injury against Louisville during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Auburn defensive back Tray Matthews (28) walks off the field after an injury against Louisville during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee expects to have all three running backs at his disposal when the Tigers welcome Jacksonville State Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Starter Roc Thomas and one of his backups Jovon Robinson left the team’s season-opener in the first half with injuries, but Lashlee labeled both players as “day-to-day.”

“Both those guys are day-to-day, should be fine, nothing major,” Lashlee said. “They just weren’t able to go back in last night but we’re not concerned long term at all with those guys.”

There were no official updates on defensive lineman Carl Lawson (hip), or safety Tray Matthews (shoulder) health, but their teammates made it sound like they aren’t dealing with anything that would keep them out for an extended period of time.

On Sunday night, running back Peyton Barber said “Carl is good. He’s fine.”

Barber and Lawson grew up as neighbors, and played high school football together at Milton High School in Georgia.

Defensive back Rudy Ford gave a similar response when asked about Matthews.

“He’s doing good,” Ford said.

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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