Auburn may not have to play without its defensive leader for too much longer.
First-team All-SEC linebacker K.J. Britt, who has missed the last four games following thumb surgery, is still expected back before the end of the regular season and potentially in time for the Iron Bowl.
The expectation all along has been that Britt, who underwent surgery Oct. 9, would miss about six weeks and that he should be back for at least the last two games of the regular season, sources told AL.com.
Auburn, which improved to 4-2 with its 48-11 win over LSU on Saturday, has a bye this week before closing the regular season with games against Mississippi State Nov. 14, Tennessee Nov. 21, Alabama Nov. 28 and Texas A&M Dec. 5.
Britt posted 69 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks as a junior last season and had 23 tackles in the first two games of this year prior to undergoing surgery.
Matt Zenitz is a senior SEC football reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @mzenitz.