Auburn OL coach J.B. Grimes at 1st practice post surgery

Auburn offensive line coach J.B. Grimes may have had cancer surgery last week, but that didn’t stop him from attending the Tigers’ first practice of the season yesterday. Brandon Marcello of covered Grimes’ return to the field, and how the man plans on being there for the long term.

The veteran assistant coach underwent surgery to remove a cancerous spot on his tongue last week, according to the school’s official website. His lymph nodes were also removed as a precaution.

Grimes didn’t slow down much during the first 20 minutes of practice open to reporters. He could be seen giving individual instruction and leading offensive line drills at the indoor facility.

“I will not miss practice,” Grimes told Tuesday. “I’m strong. I’ll recover.”

Grimes has been with Auburn since coming over from Arkansas State with head coach Gus Malzahn and has over 30 years’ experience as an assistant coach. Though he was at practice yesterday, however, it remains to be seen if he will make the trip with Auburn when the team opens the season against Louisville at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome.

Either way, Campus Sports sends Grimes its best and wishes him a speedy recovery.

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