Auburn senior linebacker Ok.J. Britt is present process surgical procedure on his hand and he might be out “for some time,” Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn confirmed on Thursday evening.
Britt, an All-SEC participant who leads the staff in tackles, represents a significant loss for the Auburn protection.
“Clearly that’s a troublesome blow — not simply his play on the sector, however simply being our staff chief,” Malzahn mentioned on his Tiger Discuss radio present.
Malzahn mentioned outdoors linebacker Zakoby McClain will begin alongside Owen Pappoe when Auburn hosts Arkansas on Saturday.
Britt’s surgical procedure will restore ligaments in his proper thumb, AuburnUndercover’s Phillip Marshall first reported earlier Thursday. Marshall reported the surgical procedure is about for Friday.
“We’ve bought guys which might be able to step up. Anytime you lose a man like that, it’s bought to be all-hands-on-deck stepping up, and I actually consider our staff will try this,” Malzahn mentioned.
Auburn entered the spring with Britt and fellow veteran linebacker Chandler Wooten rotating at inside linebacker and with McClain and Pappoe rotating at outdoors linebacker. Wooten has opted out of this season over COVID-19 considerations with full assist of the Auburn coaches, as he expects to grow to be a father this fall.
Auburn is left with Pappoe and McClain to prepared the ground in the course of the protection.