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Auburn coach Gus Malzahn offers status updates on injured players, Marshall Taylor

Auburn wide receiver Kyle Davis watches practice from the sidelines on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 at the university's athletic complex.
Auburn wide receiver Kyle Davis watches practice from the sidelines on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 at the university's athletic complex. mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn escaped training camp with a relatively healthy roster.

Coach Gus Malzahn was happy to share positive injury updates after the team’s final day of camp on a number of players battling minor injuries.

“We’re a little banged up at all positions but it’s not a bad banged up,” Malzahn said. “We’ve got two and a half weeks to get these guys ready. We expect everybody who hasn’t already had surgery to be 100 percent for the opening game.”

Defensive back Jamel Dean is the only Auburn player that suffered a significant injury during camp.

Malzahn announced Dean would be out indefinitely following Saturday’s scrimmage. The defensive back hurt his knee last week and will need to have surgery.

When Auburn returns to the field Wednesday to start preparing for Clemson, linebacker Tre’ Williams (ankle), wide receiver Tony Stevens (leg) and Kyle Davis (foot) should be ready to go or close to it.

Stevens was on crutches at the team’s annual fan day Sunday, but is expected back by the end of the week.

“He had a little minor thing, he was out there today,” Malzahn said. “He will back to practice in next two to three days. It’s nothing that will alter him as far as the first game is concerned.”

Malzahn is optimistic about Davis (foot) practicing for the first time this fall by the end of the week. The first-year receiver, who was limited in spring camp recovering from shoulder surgery, has been slowed by injuries since arriving on campus.

“I know he’s really close,” Malzahn said. “That will be a good thing too.”

Malzahn also offered an update on defensive back Marshall Taylor. Taylor’s status has been up in the air as the Miami (OH) graduate transfer deals with what the coach previously described as “personal business.”

“He will hopefully be out there this week,” Malzahn said. “That's what we're hoping.”

Malzahn isn’t sure if Taylor will be able to get in the rotation at defensive back before the season-opener, but having him back on the field will help provide depth at the position in the wake of Dean’s injury.

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