Auburn fans may have noticed wide receiver Ricardo Louis spent more time on the sideline Saturday against Mississippi State than on the field.
A strange place for the team’s leading receiver.
On Tuesday, coach Gus Malzahn revealed that Louis is battled previously undisclosed “minor” injuries.
“He was banged up,” Malzahn said. “He's been banged up for a couple of weeks. Hopefully we can get him healthy where he can be a bigger role. Obviously, he's one of our impact players. I think everybody saw that the first game. He's been a little banged up and we're hoping he'll get healed up in a hurry.”
The senior receiver leads the team with 16 catches for 146 yards with a touchdown. Against Jacksonville State, he had the best game for a Tigers' receiver this season with 10 catches for 76 yards.
Through the first four games, Louis is one of only two receivers on the team with more than 10 catches.
Malzahn also updated the injury status of running back Roc Thomas and Jovon Robinson.
The coach expects Thomas will be “ready to go” while Robinson's limited playing time is partly due to a lingering ankle injury he suffered in the season opener against Louisville.
“That has something to do with it,” Malzahn, said of Robinson. “He’s still battling that. If he can get healthy, it is a possibility (for him to be in the rotation).”