How many starters will be back?

It’s the question of the week.

Will any of Auburn’s injured starters be healthy enough to play at Arkansas Saturday?

Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville didn’t seem too confident about their chances following Thursday morning’s final practice of the week.

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Blackmon tweaked his injured ankle last week.

“We’re not getting a lot of help from guys coming back,” said Tuberville. “We’ve just got to go and do what we did last week. Guys that are going to be there are going to play hard and play with consistency.”

According to Tuberville, defensive end Quentin Groves (dislocated toes) and safety Aairon Savage (twisted knee) were held out of Thursday’s practice.

There was more encouraging news on linebacker Tray Blackmon (sprained ankle) and center Jason Bosley (sprained knee).

“Bosley took a few snaps, but not many,” he said. “Quentin didn’t practice. He’s not ready to go. Blackmon took a few snaps. He’s probably about 80 percent. Savage didn’t practice.”

Linebacker Merrill Johnson is also still limited by a bruised shoulder.

“(Johnson) took some snaps,” said Tuberville. “In this game, a bruised shoulder, it’s not the perfect game to come back in.”

Tuberville was unsure how many of the injured starters would be on Auburn’s 65-man travel roster.

“We always wait until we get through with the Thursday practice to see who can help, who didn’t help, who we can count on. If they’re not going to play, they won’t go.”

Quick Hitters:

***Tuberville said that freshman WR Quindarius Carr will travel with the team to Fayetteville but will not play unless AU’s WR corps is hit with injuries.

***Freshman punter Ryan Shoemaker leads the SEC with a 45.1 average.

***Auburn has won 14 consecutive games in their white road uniforms.

***Auburn has a 9-6-1 series edge over Arkansas, including a 4-3 record in Fayetteville.

***Kickoff for the Auburn-Arkansas is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. CT at Razorback Stadium, which seats 72,000. The game will be carried live on ESPN.

“(We need to) play hard on the road, get our minds right,” said Tuberville. “It’s been good practices all week. Hopefully it will turn over into playing like we practice.”

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