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Albany native, ex-Westover star Savage 'out six weeks' for Auburn, says father, after breaking bone in ankle

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AUBURN, Ala. -- Alphonso Savage hasn't seen the replay yet.

And he's not sure he wants to.

Savage, the father of former Westover star and current Auburn DB Aairon Savage, told The Herald on Sunday that his son will be back "likely in six weeks" after suffering a broken bone in his right ankle during the No. 7 Tigers' 65-43 win Saturday against No. 12 Arkansas.

The injury marks the third in as many years for Aairon, who missed the 2008 and 2009 seasons with ACL and Achilles tears.

But Alphonso made one thing clear Sunday about his son's most recent ailment: "This is by far the least worst injury of them all. In fact, he should be back in Auburn sometime (this afternoon) after he has the surgery."

Alphonso added that Aairon will have a "plate" put in his ankle during a procedure in Gulf Breeze, Fla., this morning, and there's already talk of Aairon returning for the final -- and most important -- game of the season.

"Hopefully, he'll be back for Alabama, but definitely for (Auburn's) bowl game, as long as everything goes OK (with his recovery)," Savage's dad told The Herald. "It's broken, and he's in a lot of pain. But it's not career-ending. It's not even season-ending. We're just glad it wasn't his knee."

Alphonso was at Jordan-Hare on Saturday when Aairon was injured, but admitted he didn't see it take place. After all, it happened away from the action during a thrilling 47-yard fumble return for a TD by Zac Etheridge that helped seal the Tigers' win.

"I didn't see it and I haven't watched any video of it yet. Not sure if I will," he said. "But when I looked back at the field, I knew he was hurt badly because he snapped that helmet off and wasn't moving. His mother went down and checked on him and I walked around to meet him at the facilities downstairs.

"We couldn't believe he was hurt again, but we just told him we'd work through this one (just like the others). And most of all, we just told him to stay mentally strong. That's all you can do."

Auburn moved up to No. 5 in the nation Sunday, and has four games left before the Nov. 26 showdown with Alabama in Tuscaloosa.