It’s already been a taxing season for Auburn football and its embattled head coach Bryan Harsin, and the season is only a 3rd of the way done.

Now comes a big injury blow, this one along the offensive line.

According to 247Sports Auburn beat writer Nathan King, Tigers starting center Tate Johnson will be out for at least 6-8 weeks after he injured his elbow in last Saturday’s overtime victory over Missouri.

Harsin gave Monday’s bad injury update, just 2 days after a dramatic victory that might have silenced a few of the calls for his job.

Johnson will have surgery on his elbow on Thursday.

Despite a huge amount of adversity, Auburn is somehow off to a 3-1 start going into Saturday night’s showdown at home against LSU.

But not having one of the anchors to its offensive line for basically the rest of the regular season is not the way Harsin or his team wanted to start LSU Week.