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'No question' Auburn LB Justin Garrett will play Saturday

Michael Niziolek

mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn linebacker Justin Garrett returns Louisville fumble for a touchdown during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
Auburn linebacker Justin Garrett returns Louisville fumble for a touchdown during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Auburn linebacker Justin Garrett came out of the tunnel in uniform Saturday at LSU. He also participated in his team’s pregame stretches, and drills.

Defensive coordinator Will Muschamp didn’t like what he saw.

“I didn’t feel good about his quad,” Muschamp said, referencing the injury the senior suffered against Jacksonville State.

While Garrett practiced all week, Muschamp didn’t see the senior playing at 100 percent.

“He had a really hard time at the top end really cutting it loose, and I didn’t really want to risk pulling another one on Saturday after watching him in pregame,” Muschamp said.

Muschamp consulted with the team’s medical staff, and Garrett himself, about his status. Garrett was honest when asked about how the quad was feeling.

“Justin felt he was pulling a little bit, he wanted to play, but just didn’t feel like he was going to go,” Muschamp said.

Auburn has been tight-lipped when it comes to injuries all season, including this week on defensive tackle Carl Lawson’s long-term prospects, but Muschamp didn’t hedge his bets about Garrett’s chances of playing Saturday.

“No question he will play Saturday,” Muschamp said.

Garrett has four tackles, half a tackle for loss, and a memorable 82-yard touchdown return for a touchdown in a 31-24 win over Louisville.

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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