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Another tough break for Auburn's Blackmon

10/16/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

I can't think of another player in the SEC who's had a longer string of bad luck over the last few years than Auburn linebacker Tray Blackmon.

The Tigers' junior middle linebacker will miss the rest of the season after doctors determined that he needs surgery to repair a cracked bone in his wrist. Blackmon had been trying to play through the injury, but his playing time had dwindled.

The good news for Auburn is that sophomore Josh Bynes has played well while filling in for Blackmon and should finish the season as the Tigers' starting middle linebacker.

For various reasons (some of them his fault), Blackmon's career just never has taken off since coming to Auburn from LaGrange, Ga., as a consensus prep All-American. He redshirted his first year on campus and was suspended the first six games of his second year, his redshirt freshman season. Last season as a sophomore, he missed four games because of a recurring ankle injury.

Blackmon has played in just 21 of a possible 33 games during his career because of injuries or suspensions.