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Auburn DB Jeremiah Dinson injures left leg against Texas A&M, safety Tray Matthews sits

Michael Niziolek

mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn linebacker Justin Garrett (26) is congratulated by teammates Tre' Williams, center, and Jeremiah Dinson (20) after intercepting a pass against Texas A&M during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Auburn linebacker Justin Garrett (26) is congratulated by teammates Tre' Williams, center, and Jeremiah Dinson (20) after intercepting a pass against Texas A&M during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) AP

Auburn defensive back Jeremiah Dinson was carted off the field Saturday night in a 26-10 win over Texas A&M with a left leg injury.

Coach Gus Malzahn doesn’t typically give injury updates following a game, but early indications are Dinson could be sidelined for an extended period of time.

“That was a tough one, I don’t know exactly the status,” Malzahn said. “I’ll probably know more next week, but it doesn’t look good, I’ll put it that way.”

Dinson was hurt trying to tackle Texas A&M quarterback Kyler Murray on a play at the goal line with 3:09 left in the third quarter.

Aggies wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones laid Dinson out with a block that initially drew a flag for targeting, a call reversed on review. 

After trainers attended to Dinson, he was carted off the field. Replay showed Dinson’s left leg getting stuck in the turf, and bending the wrong way on contact.

Malzahn wouldn’t comment on the officials' decision to overturn the targeting play.

Murray was also injured on the play, and replaced by third string quarterback Jake Hubenake for the rest of the game.

On the season, Dinson has 15 tackles, nine solo, and was one shy of his season-high four tackles against the Aggies. He played in all nine of the Tigers games this season, and started against Mississippi State.

The other injury to Auburn’s secondary occurred before play even started.

Safety Tray Matthews missed Saturday night’s game with an undisclosed injury. He previously missed Auburn’s game against Jacksonville State in week two with a shoulder injury.

Malzahn said Matthews didn’t practice during the week, but the team hopes to get him back in the “near future.”

Nick Ruffin started in Matthews place, and rotated with Stephen Roberts at the safety spot.

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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