Deshaun Davis was scared last Saturday.
When Auburn's starting middle linebacker went down in the fourth quarter against Miss State, the pain was in the same knee he had surgery on his senior year of high school. He remained on his back for a minute before being helped to the sideline, putting no weight on his left leg while he did.
"It scared me," Davis said. "It bent in an awkward way, so I was worried."
Auburn's senior leader returned on the following drive. Since then, Davis said he hasn't tried it out, but the knee "feels better" than it did in Starkville.
"We really dodged a bullet with that," said Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn. "It scared him, got twisted and people landed on it."
Malzahn said Davis will return to practice Tuesday. A native of Prichard, Alabama, Davis leads Auburn in tackles with 24 this season, including 7.5 for loss.
No. 21 Auburn returns home this Saturday against Tennessee at 11 a.m. CST.
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