Auburn lost more than a game this past Saturday at Florida.

JaTarvious Whitlow, the team's leading rusher through six games this season, suffered a left knee injury during the 24-13 defeat that required him to undergo surgery on Tuesday, head coach Gus Malzahn announced. He will be sidelined for the next four to six weeks.

Malzahn said the injury occurred late in the game, but the team "didn't know exactly the severity of it" and that Whitlow was actually able to return after initially coming to the sideline. But the sophomore's knee was stiff when he woke up Sunday morning, and after the medical staff examined him, they felt like he needed to undergo a procedure.

Whitlow will almost certainly miss the next three games at Arkansas, at LSU and home against Ole Miss, but the Tigers have another bye week on Nov. 9, so it's possible that he could return in time for a Nov. 16 home date with Georgia — that would be a little more than five weeks into the four-to-six-week timetable.