AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn football could be without No. 2 running back Kerryon Johnson on Saturday night when it travels to defending national champion Clemson.
Johnson suffered a reported “lower hamstring” injury in the second quarter of Auburn’s 41-7 victory against Georgia Southern in Week 1. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn wouldn’t give specifics on Johnson’s injury in his Tuesday news conference, but he said Johnson was not able to practice Sunday.
Malzahn said the team is “hopeful” Johnson will return in time for the Clemson game.
Johnson had 16 carries for 136 yards and one touchdown against Georgia Southern on Saturday. He pulled up on a long run in the second quarter and fell to the turf. He was able to hobble off the field on his own power. Auburn’s in-house radio team reported Johnson injured his “lower hamstring” on the run.
Auburn running back Kamryn Pettway is set to return from his one-game suspension against Clemson on Saturday. The Tigers’ next running back up, if Johnson misses the game, is Kam Martin. The sophomore from Texas had 136 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries against Georgia Southern.
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