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Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson one of three players ruled out for spring practice

Kerryon Johnson (21) breaks a tackle during a touchdown run. Birmingham Bowl in Birmingham, Ala. on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015.
Kerryon Johnson (21) breaks a tackle during a touchdown run. Birmingham Bowl in Birmingham, Ala. on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015. Auburn athletics

A handful of players won’t participate in spring practice due to injuries while others will be limited.

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn detailed the state of his roster Tuesday at a press conference a few hours before his team was set to take the practice field for the first time this spring.

Malzahn ruled safety Tray Matthews (shoulder), Kerryon Johnson (shoulder) and Jeremiah Dinson (various) out for the entire month worth of practices.

Players that will practice with limitations include defensive back Joshua Holsey, wide receiver Stanton Truitt and quarterback Tyler Queen. Queen is recovering from shoulder surgery and will be on a pitch count of 50 throws a practice.

The injury to Johnson is a setback for the former Mr. Alabama Mr. Football who is looking to win the starting spot over Jovon Robinson and Roc Thomas.

As a true freshman, Johnson had 52 carries for 208 yards and three touchdowns, he caught 14 passes for 159 yards, returned kicks and was Auburn’s wildcat quarterback.

With Johnson’s “football savvy,” Malzahn expects the running back to be right back in the thick of the competition when he returns for fall camp.

“He’s the type that will be in every meeting,” Malzahn said. “He’ll be focused. As far as schematically, he’ll get it. Once he’s healthy, he’s got to get back into playing shape and what not. He’s a football savvy young man.”

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