Tuberville: Cope Out 4-6 Weeks

Joe Cope

Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville announced on Sunday that starting center Joe Cope will miss 4-6 weeks.

Auburn, Ala.--Two weeks after losing tight end Cole Bennett to a broken bone in his leg, Auburn lost its second offensive starter for an extended period of time as center Joe Cope was injured in the Tigers' 24-17 win at South Carolina.

"Joe Cope sustained a sprained knee and is out 4-6 weeks," head coach Tommy Tuberville says. "We hope to get him back midway through the end of the season. He gave a courageous effort the other night playing two and a half quarters with a turned knee. We gave him offensive MVP for his valiant effort."

As Cope's replacement, Tuberville says that back-up center Jason Bosley, starting left guard Ben Grubbs and staring right tackle Jonathan Palmer will all have a chance at the position. If Grubbs or Palmer is moved to center then junior Leon Hart would step into the starting line-up.

When Joe Cope was injured last season against Alabama, Palmer became the starting center.

* More details coming Sunday evening. *

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