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Backup center Xavier Dampeer out indefinitely; Tre Williams and Tim Irvin expected to play

Michael Niziolek

mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Louisville wide receiver Jaylen Smith (87) is hit by Auburn defensive back Tim Irvin (22) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Atlanta.
Louisville wide receiver Jaylen Smith (87) is hit by Auburn defensive back Tim Irvin (22) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Atlanta. AP Photo

Auburn’s injury situation heading into its midweek game against Kentucky is clearing up.

Coach Gus Malzahn said backup offensive lineman Xavier Dampeer would miss “an extended period of time” at his Monday press conference.

A report from the Alabama News Network has linked Dampeer’s injury to a fight Duke Williams was in Saturday night.

Malzahn didn’t disclose the type of injury Dampeer is dealing with. He declined to confirm any details surrounding Williams’ situation last week, or if any other players were involved.

He listed Devonte Danzey and Deon Mix as possible replacements.

“We've got a couple of different options as far as that goes,” Malzahn said. “We've got guys that have taken reps before. Devonte Danzey is probably the first that guy that would be in with that. Deon Mix is also a guy that's played a lot of center so we do have some options if something happened to our starter.”

On Sunday, defensive coordinator Will Muschamp said injured linebacker Tre Williams and defensive back Tim Irvin are both ready to go for Thursday.

Williams injured his knee in a loss to Mississippi State, and missed the Tigers’ win over San Jose State. Irvin was a late scratch against the Spartans with an ankle injury.

Injured defensive back T.J. Davis could also return against Kentucky, but the coaching staff is being patient with the junior. He is recovering from a torn ACL suffered in March.

“It’s just he’s got to get to that confidence standpoint of going out there and cutting it loose in live contact and we’re not totally there yet,” Muschamp said. “He’s moving around well, been very pleased with obviously where he is. It’s been a very quick recovery and we just got to work through the confidence levels, making sure he feels comfortable going out and cutting on it.”

Defensive lineman Carl Lawson remains out indefinitely, and the coaching staff decline to update the timeline for a possible return during the bye week.

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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