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Auburn loses 2nd center, Tate Johnson, to injury

Mercer v Auburn

AUBURN, ALABAMA - SEPTEMBER 03:Running back Tank Bigsby #4 of the Auburn Tigers celebrates with teammates offensive lineman Tate Johnson #54 and tight end Tyler Fromm #85 during the first quarter of their game against the Mercer Bears at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 03, 2022 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)

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AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn has lost its second center of the season with Tate Johnson slated for surgery on his left elbow.

Tigers coach Bryan Harsin said that Johnson is scheduled for surgery on the elbow and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks but could be out for the season. Jalil Irvin replaced him after Johnson went down with the injury against Missouri.

Avery Jernigan has also worked at center.

Johnson had taken over after sixth-year center Nick Brahms retired from football just ahead of the season opener after attempting to return from knee surgery.

Harsin said quarterback T.J. Finley will practice this week after missing the Missouri game with an injury to his right shoulder. Robby Ashford started in a 17-14 overtime win and is listed as the starter on the depth chart going into the game against LSU.