Auburn football: Kerryon Johnson downplays injury, doesn’t count himself out of SEC Championship

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Auburn tailback Kerryon Johnson is downplaying the right shoulder injury that knocked him out of the win over Alabama.

Johnson said Monday he’s just “banged up” and trying to get healthy for the fourth-ranked Tigers’ SEC championship game against No. 6 Georgia on Saturday in Atlanta.

“It’s week whatever in a football season, I’m a running back,” he said. “Guys are going to get banged up. It’s nothing more and nothing less.”

Johnson was hurt on a goal line hit in the Iron Bowl but ran for a touchdown on the next play and had some more carries after that. He went down late in the fourth quarter and walked off with a towel draped over his head.

While teammates say they fully expect him to play, Johnson made no promises when asked how confident he was he’ll be able to go.

Johnson injured his shoulder in Auburn's win over then-No. 1 Alabama in last week's Iron Bowl.

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Johnson injured his shoulder in Auburn’s win over then-No. 1 Alabama in last week’s Iron Bowl.

“I’m confident in myself, just because I’ve been through injuries in my time here,” he said. “I’ve been through them before. Everybody has.

“I’ll never count myself out until I’m officially counted out.”

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