Chizik: AU to proceed carefully with Etheridge

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn coach Gene Chizik says the Tigers will be careful with Zac Etheridge when fall camp opens.

Etheridge was cleared last week to return to football from a serious neck injury sustained during last season. Chizik wouldn't elaborate on the plan for Etheridge but said coaches would frequently consult with the team's medical staff.

He called Etheridge "a tremendously, tremendously blessed young man" for being able to recover from the injury.

Fellow defensive back Aairon Savage says he was happy when Etheridge was cleared to play but wasn't surprised. He has some experience with injuries, having missed the past two seasons with a torn knee ligament and a torn Achilles tendon.

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