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Savage's surgery a success

Albany native and Auburn DB Aarion Savage has now had three serious injuries in as many years, but the one he suffered Saturday against Arkansas -- breaking a bone in his ankle -- is by far the least serious of them all and he could return before the end of the season, according to Savage's father, Alphonso.

Albany native and Auburn DB Aarion Savage has now had three serious injuries in as many years, but the one he suffered Saturday against Arkansas -- breaking a bone in his ankle -- is by far the least serious of them all and he could return before the end of the season, according to Savage's father, Alphonso.

AUBURN, Ala. -- Former Westover star Aairon Savage was back at Auburn on Tuesday after having successful surgery to repair a broken bone in his ankle.

That, according to Savage's father, Alphonso, who said Tuesday that "everything went great" with the procedure Monday in Gulf Breeze, Fla..

"Yes, he's back at Auburn and on bed rest right now. He'll be on crutches after that," Alphonso Savage said. "Everything went great. The whole procedure took about 30 minutes."

Aairon Savage, an Albany native and sixth-year senior for the Tigers, was injured in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 65-43 win against Arkansas, breaking a bone in his ankle that required a plate to be put in. It was the third injury in as many years for Aairon, who missed the last two seasons with ACL and Achilles tears.

This injury, however, was by far "the least worst" of them all, Alphonso told The Herald on Sunday after his son had been seen by the doctor, and even predicted that Aairon would be able to return for the last game of Auburn's season against Alabama.

With the surgery now behind him, Alphonso was asked whether that timetable was still the same.

"Maybe. He's staying positive about it right now," Alphonso said. "He may be ready to play but he may not play. He's just trying to mend right now, and we'll see how it goes."

Alponsho said Aairon, who was third on the team in tackles before being injured, has had an outpouring of support from everyone since the injury, which occured when a Razorbacks blocker rolled into his ankle as Savage was en route to making a stop.

"It's like family over there. Everyone's been supportive, as well as back home, the community, everyone," Alphonso said.

Auburn, ranked No. 5 in the nation, sure could use Savage this weekend as it gets set to play another Top 25 team in LSU, which is ranked No. 6. Instead, filling Savage's shoes will be Ikeem Means, a 6-foot, 204-pound walk-on.

"I just hope to, not exactly fill (Savage's) shoes, but to improve," Means told the Bellingham (Ala.) Herald on Tuesday. "I know my playing time will increase a little bit. I think I'll get in the rotation."