No. 3 Ole Miss suffered injuries to key players during its 10-7 loss to LSU Saturday night, and junior linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche may be in line to miss significant time.
Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze didn't go into great detail about the injuries, but he said that Nkemdiche's injured ankle is "maybe a fracture."
Nkemdiche, who has 28 tackles in seven games played, slowly hobbled off the field in the first quarter and did not return.
His brother, sophomore defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, also missed significant time late in the game due to an unspecified injury.
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Senior All-American safety Cody Prewitt, who recovered a fumble and caused another Saturday, was also on the sideline late in the contest.
Sophomore left tackle Laremy Tunsil missed almost a full quarter due to what ESPN's Joe Schad reported as a strained bicep.
Tunsil re-entered the game, but the Rebels still struggled to move the ball in the second half. Ole Miss (7-1, 4-1) totaled just 107 yards in the second half, most coming in the third quarter, and finished with 313 total yards.
"This league is brutal," Freeze said. "It's difficult each Saturday to win football games, particularly when you may not play your best, and you suffer some injuries you're not used to having and you've got to play some other kids."
Ole Miss hosts Auburn at 6 p.m. Saturday.