Freeze: Nkemdiche cleared for Auburn, Conner day to day

I am out of town today, and it’s a big help having John Davis with his usual good Wednesday work.

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze says defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche has been cleared and will play Saturday at Auburn.

There’s more hope for defensive back Tony Conner than there’s been at any time since he sustained a torn meniscus at Alabama.

Conner began running on grass earlier this week. He was back at practice Tuesday and took part in 12 plays, Freeze said.

Speaking with reporters after today’s practice Freeze wasn’t sure exactly how many plays Conner went through.

Conner is day to day. He may get caught up in a number’s crunch for the Auburn game. You can only take 70 on the road, and Freeze likely won’t include Conner in that number if he decides he would be available too few plays to make a real impact.

It would be great for Ole Miss if Conner was available for Auburn. The bigger news here is it looks like Conner will be available for the final three regular season games if not this week’s road trip.

The biggest things to watch here are Conner’s pain tolerance and how his knee reacts to getting back in the action.

“Again, he’s got an issue that’s going to have to be dealt with. It’s just a matter of how much he can tolerate and how aggravated it gets when he does play, but he’s definitely close to trying it, and we’ll see from there, whether it’s this week or next week I don’t know yet,” Freeze said.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • Killer_Beeze

    Hallelujah! The Land Sharks are starting to get healthy ”at the right time”. I say take Tony Conner to Auburn as additional moral support. Certainly that’s worth holding one freshman back if it’s numbers Coach Freeze is worried about.

    I’m glad Saturday’s game is in the morning…because the weather forecast calls for only a slight chance of rain at Auburn, AL whereas in the evening it increases to 60%.

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