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            Injured Auburn safety Jamien Sherwood has 'a chance’ to play against Mississippi State

            Auburn vs South Carolina

            Auburn safety Jamien Sherwood tackles South Carolina wide receiver Shi Smith in Auburn's 30-22 loss to South Carolina on October 17, 2020 in Columbia, South Carolina. The Auburn defensive backs will have another challenge when they face Ole Miss on October 24. (Photo by Travis Bell)

            The bye week came at the right time for Auburn safety Jamien Sherwood.

            The junior injured his ankle during the first half of Auburn’s 48-11 win against LSU on Saturday and did not return to the game. Sherwood went to the locker room after exiting the game, and when he returned to the sideline in the second half he was wearing a walking boot on his right foot and moving around with the help of crutches.

            The severity of Sherwood’s ankle injury is unclear, though Auburn coach Gus Malzahn didn’t want to rule out the safety for Auburn’s next game -- a Nov. 14 trip to Starkville, Miss., to take on Mississippi State after this weekend’s off week.

            “I don’t know if he’d be able to play if we had to play this week, but there is a chance for next week,” Malzahn said. “So, we’re hoping that he’ll heal up and be ready. Obviously he’s one of our impact players on our team.”

            Sherwood has started all six games at safety for Auburn this season and is the Tigers' third-leading tackler with 43 on the year, including two for a loss. He also has a pair of pass breakups, a fumble recovery and a quarterback hurry this season.

            Sherwood has been dealing with lingering ankle issues all season, according to Malzahn, and he re-tweaked his right ankle early on during the win against LSU.

            Senior defensive back Jordyn Peters took over at safety when Sherwood exited the LSU game and would be the logical replacement in that spot if Sherwood is ruled out for the Mississippi State game.

            “Hopefully we will have him back by our next game," Malzahn said. "We’ll see how that goes. There’s a chance, but we’ll have to see how that thing progresses the next two weeks.”

            Tom Green is an Auburn beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Tomas_Verde.