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Auburn WR Will Hastings out for the year after second ACL surgery

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Auburn wide receiver Will Hastings went down with a torn ACL during spring football practices earlier this year. After making a quick return to the field in Week 2 as opposed to the previously estimated timeline, Hastings will now miss the rest of the 2018 season, according to a report.

A report by Auburn Undercover, citing the father of Hastings as their source, says the receiver will now be out for the remainder of the 2018 season after undergoing a second surgical procedure this week. The rehab process will force Hastings to stay away from football long enough to make a return to the field this season out of the question. He was used sparingly this season as the Auburn coaches chose to play it safe and reduce how much Hastings would be a part of the game plan.

The knee injury Hastings suffered in the spring was to the left knee, which is the knee that was just operated on again, according to the Auburn Undercover report.

Hastings appeared in just one game this season, and he missed the two most recent games for the Tigers. Hastings did not record any stats this season but accounted for 525 receiving yards and four touchdowns in 2017.

Auburn expects midseason return for Will Hastings

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One of the top returning members of Auburn’s receiving corps should be primed to give that group a midseason boost, Gus Malzahn stated Thursday.

In late March, Will Hastings underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL he sustained earlier in spring practice.  At his SEC Media Days appearance, Malzahn revealed that the Tigers expect the junior wide receiver to return at some point around the middle portion of the upcoming season.

“He’s off to a very good start,” said the head coach by way of ESPN.com. “His rehab is going excellent. We’re hoping we get him back by the middle of the season.”

Last season, Hastings was third on the Tigers in receiving yards with 525 and receiving touchdowns with four, with his 26 receptions good for fourth on the team.

Auburn will be without another receiver to begin the year as well as Eli Stove is rehabbing his own torn ACL.  Malzahn gave no indication as to even a general timetable for Stove’s return.

As a sophomore in 2017, Stove caught 29 passes for 265 yards, the former total which tied him for second on the team.