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Serious knee injuries plague SEC teams

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn cornerback Aairon Savage will miss the season after undergoing knee surgery.

Savage was a starting safety last season and finished with 26 tackles. He hurt the knee in Monday’s practice.

Coach Tommy Tuberville did not specify the extent or nature of the injury. Savage’s brother told the Albany Herald in Georgia that the player had a dislocated knee cap, a torn ACL and a torn MCL. Savage is eligible for a medical redshirt and could return in 2009 with two years remaining.

Vols’ Nelson out for season because of injury. Tennessee defensive tackle Chase Nelson has been ruled out for the 2008 season because of a knee injury.

Nelson, a junior, played in four games last season before injuring his wrist, and played in three games as a freshman in 2006. He and will have surgery next week.

Gators’ Ingram out for season with knee injury. Florida tight end Cornelius Ingram will miss the season because of a torn knee ligament. Florida coach Urban Meyer said Ingram, who nearly skipped his senior year to jump to the NFL, will undergo surgery within the next week to repair a torn ACL in his left knee.

The fifth-year senior has caught 64 passes for 888 yards and eight touchdowns the past two years.