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AUBURN — Safety Ladarius Tennison and receiver Tar’Varish Dawson will “hopefully” be back this week when Auburn football faces Alabama State, coach Bryan Harsin said during his weekly press conference Monday.

Tennison and Dawson were not at the game Saturday against Akron. Harsin said that their absences were not discipline-related.

They were two of the four players missing from Auburn’s open practice one week before the season opener. At the time, Harsin was isolated at home because of a positive COVID-19 test, but he declined to share whether any players had tested positive when asked. Auburn’s policy is a minimum 10-day quarantine.

Harsin did not have an update Monday on backup cornerback Jaylin Simpson, who was taken to the locker room with an injury in the first half against Akron. Harsin hoped to know more on his status Monday night.

“Nothing I’m aware of that’s season-ending,” Harsin said. “He’s definitely a guy we need to have on the field.”

All three of the players in question are on the two-deep, but none are starters.

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