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Former 4-Star WR Suffers Torn ACL During Spring Practice

An Auburn supporter waves the flag on the field for the Tigers.

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 30: A member of Auburn Tigers cheer team waves a flag during their game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

When Auburn takes the field in 2018, it will have to do so without one of its offensive weapons. A top returning wide receiver for the Tigers suffered a serious knee injury.

According to Brandon Marcello of 247Sports, junior wide receiver Eli Stove suffered a torn ACL last week and had surgery to repair the torn ligament. As a result of the injury, Stove will be out for the rest of spring practice and his status for the 2018 season has also been called into question given the severity of the injury.

From the 247Sports report:

Stove tore an anterior cruciate ligament before spring break and underwent surgery March 13, the source told Auburn Undercover.

The junior is expected to be one of Auburn's top receivers in 2018, but the injury and subsequent rehabilitation time could derail those plans. An Auburn spokesperson did not immediately comment on the injury when reached by Auburn Undercover.

Stove racked up 265 yards on 29 reception in 2017. He, served primarily as a quick option on screens and was also utilized on jet sweeps, where he racked up 315 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

Auburn doesn't get any reprieve entering 2018, and starts the season against Washington. That games will take place in Atlanta in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on Sept. 1.