No more Birmingham Bowl opt-outs for Auburn football; Bryan Harsin declines to comment on team health

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BIRMINGHAM — Coach Bryan Harsin said there aren't any last-second bowl game opt-outs or injuries on Auburn football's roster, but he declined to comment on whether any players will be sidelined by COVID-19 cases.

"We're ready to go play," he said Monday.

The Tigers (6-6) face No. 21 Houston (11-2) in the Birmingham Bowl on Tuesday (11 a.m., ESPN). A number of bowl games have been impacted by recent COVID outbreaks caused by the omicron variant; SEC rival Texas A&M had to drop out of the Gator Bowl.

"You asked if something's changed in the last 48 hours (since Christmas)? No," Harsin said. Auburn has been practicing at Hoover High School during the holidays.

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Among Auburn's seniors, the key opt-outs are cornerback Roger McCreary, linebacker Zakoby McClain and offensive lineman Brodarious Hamm. Senior safety Smoke Monday will enter the draft but is playing in the bowl game first. Auburn will have senior linebacker Chandler Wooten and senior tight end John Samuel Shenker available for the game. Center Nick Brahms is out with an injury.

This article originally appeared on Montgomery Advertiser: Bryan Harsin doesn't comment on Auburn football's health before bowl

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