OXFORD, MS - SEPTEMBER 15: Joe Bergeron #24 of the Texas Longhorns is tackled by C.J. Johnson #10 of the Ole Miss Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Oxford, Mississippi. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Other than the massive breakdowns by the Texas Longhorns defense at times, the other major concerns emerging from the resounding victory in Oxford over the Ole Miss Rebels revolved around injuries to junior linebacker Jordan Hicks and sophomore running back Joe Bergeron, with head coach saying Monday morning that the training staff will re-evaluate both in a week.
Both will be limited in practice for the next several days as Texas enters a bye week before the start of conference play against Oklahoma State, a game that will kick off at 6:50 pm CST on September 29 on FOX.
Hicks injured his hip making what was ruled a horse collar tackle that drew a flag and extended an Ole Miss drive after the stop on third and long. The leader in the inexperienced linebacker corps who was tasked with making any required pre-snap adjustments to the defensive alignment and call, Hicks immediately left the field and did not return, noticeably hobbling on his way to the lockerroom at halftime.
For the other injured Longhorn, the shoulder injury for Bergeron was not said to be a serious concern moving forward in the post-game press conference, and his limited practice time this week may be more precautionary than anything else. It appeared that the injury happened when Bergeron took a big shot from an Ole Miss defender in the second half that initially looked to damage the defender more than it did the sturdy Bergeron. He did not return to the game after that play.
The Longhorns have the bye week to get healthy, so there's no particular rush to get both back at full health this week. Of the two, Hicks will be more critical to success against the Cowboys because there is a bigger drop-off when inserting his back-up than there is in giving more carries to another running back, though Bergeron's injury is considered less serious at this early stage.