Already down a starter defensive end for the opener, Auburn finds itself without another starting member of that unit.
Per al.com, defensive tackle Jeff Whitaker was seen on the field during pregame warmups walking around with the aid of crutches. The Tigers subsequently confirmed that Whitaker will not play.
There’s no word yet on what the specific nature of the injury is.
When healthy, Whitaker has started every game the past two seasons, a total of 22 in all. He was listed as a starter on AU’s most recent depth chart.