Auburn defensive end Dee Ford will miss the rest of the season after having back surgery.
Ford, the most veteran player on the Tigers’ young defensive line, had surgery this week to repair a herniated disc, according to AuburnUndercover.com.
Head coach Gene Chizik didn’t address Ford’s status specifically this week. A school spokesman confirmed the news that he was out for the year Thursday.
The junior was a backup to Corey Lemonier at rush end but had been effective, with seven tackles, two tackles for a loss and a sack in three games.
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Ford sat out the Florida Atlantic game with the injury.
Because he was injured in the first half of the season and played in less than 30 percent of Auburn’s games, he’s eligible for a medical redshirt.
Ford is the second rush end Auburn has lost for the year, joining redshirt freshman Justin Delaine.
Redshirt freshman LaDarius Owens, a converted linebacker, is expected to fill Ford’s spot.