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Philip Lutzenkirchen injury: Is the tight end's Auburn career over?

Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen is reportedly expected to miss Saturday's game against Vanderbilt, and he could be done for the season.

Kevin C. Cox

Justin Hokanson of is reporting that Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen is expected miss today's game at Vanderbilt due to an undisclosed injury. What's worse is that Hokanson believes Lutzenkirchen could be done for the year.

If he does miss the remainder of the season, Lutzenkirchen's Auburn career would be over. And that, well, that would just suck. With the Tiger offense struggling this year, he hasn't been able to make much of an impact, but Lutzenkirchen has been one of Auburn's biggest red zone threats and fan favorites during his career. His biggest moment came in the 2010 Iron Bowl when he caught the game-winning touchdown and created a dance craze that swept the nation.

As per usual with the tight-lipped Chizik administration, there is no word on what Lutzenkirchen's injury may be. Joel Erickson of is reporting it as a possible hip injury, but that hasn't been confirmed. Lutzenkirchen had surgery during the offseason to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

Lutzenkirchen has 15 catches for 139 yards this season. In his career on the Plains, he has 59 catches for 628 yards and 14 touchdowns, an Auburn tight end record.