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Longhorns Injury Updates: The Latest On Jordan Hicks And Malcolm Brown

Find out what Texas Longhorns head coach Mack Brown had to say about Jordan Hicks and Malcolm Brown playing this weekend, as well as two 'Horns who have already been ruled out.

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Scott out, Johnson, Edmond questionable for bowl

In what was likely the final injury report before the Alamo Bowl, Mack Brown revealed that one more player will miss the game.

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Texas starting OL to miss Alamo Bowl

The Longhorns with be without arguably their best offensive lineman when they take on Oregon State.

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Injury updates on Ash, Okafor, Goodwin

A rare Sunday injury report detailed the carnage from the TCU loss.

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Jordan Hicks out for the season

After weeks of speculation, the junior linebacker has finally been declared out for the year.

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Mack: Malcolm Brown should be back for ISU game

Listed as probable for the Texas Tech game, the sophomore running back may finally make his return this weekend.

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Injury Update: Latest On MB1, New Name Out

As always, Texas released their weekly injury update Friday evening.

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Longhorns Friday Injury Update

The Friday Longhorns injury report is out and the news is not encouraging yet again.

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Malcolm Brown, Jordan Hicks Out Again

The Longhorns will once again be without their best running back and best linebacker against the Bears on Saturday.

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Mack Brown: David Ash "Okay," Practicing

The Texas Longhorns head coach updated the injury status of his starting quarterback on the Big 12 media conference call Monday morning.

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Ash's Wrist Not Broken, but Jeffcoat Out for Year

Texas QB David Ash may be available for Baylor on Saturday, but Longhorns defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat has elected to undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle suffered against Oklahoma on Saturday.

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Report: David Ash Has Fractured Left Wrist

Orangebloods.com is reporting that the Texas starting quarterback suffered the injury everyone feared he did at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday.

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Hicks "Much Closer," Brown Questionable

The Texas Longhorns are the walking wounded right now and head coach Mack Brown provided an update on several players during his Monday press conference.

The training staff has ruled out freshman fullback Alex De La Torre and sophomore tight end Miles Onyegbule for the game against the Sooners on Saturday after both injured their ankles against West Virginia.

In regards to junior linebacker Jordan Hicks, Brown said he is "much closer" to playing this weekend and is once again listed on the depth chart as a starter. Hicks is apparently running in practice now.

As for the sophomore running back Malcolm Brown, who has missed one game after his ankle injury against Oklahoma State, the head coach said that his young ballcarrier will be evaluated on Tuesday. If Brown doesn't practice, the odds of him playing decrease significantly. Just don't look for an injury update tomorrow unless he is ruled out.

After playing last weekend, Brown said junior defensive tackle Brandon Moore and junior placekicker Anthony Fera should be good to go this weekend.

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Friday Injury Update On Jordan Hicks

The Texas Longhorns released their West Virginia injury report on Friday afternoon, revealing that junior linebacker Jordan Hicks, who reportedly did not practice Tuesday or Wednesday, will be out for the game, along with sophomore running back Malcolm Brown, who was declared out on Tuesday. Junior kicker Anthony Fera is listed as questionable, while junior defensive tackle Brandon Moore is probable after missing the Oklahoma State game last weekend.

Moore's presence should help the interior of the line by reducing the number of snaps everyone has to play, the absence of Hicks should compel Manny Diaz to play a base dime defense, and Fera's listing of questionable suggests Texas won't take the chance on him suffering a setback with his groin injury.

It's never really a good sign for a football team when the Friday injury report is the most highly-anticipated event of the week, but that's where the Longhorns are right now.

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Has Jordan Hicks Been Practicing?

A struggling Texas Longhorns linebacking corps will probably not benefit from the return of junior Jordan Hicks this week, according to a report from Hookem.com, which said that the leader on defense did not practice on Tuesday or Wednesday ($) of this week.

Head coach Mack Brown has said in the past that players who don't practice early in the week probably won't play. It's possible that Brown could make an exception for Hicks if the trainers clear him for action, miraculously, but at this point it appears that he will miss a second straight game after injuring his hip against Ole Miss.

The buzz is not particularly positive around junior defensive tackle Brandon Moore, who reportedly has mono, and junior kicker Anthony Fera, who has not yet seen action this season. Sophomore running back Malcolm Brown was ruled out earlier in the week.

The team will release an official injury report on Friday afternoon.

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Malcolm Brown Ruled Out Against West Virginia

Texas Longhorns head coach Mack Brown said Monday that there wouldn't be any injury updates until Friday, but the school revealed on Tuesday evening that sophomore running back Malcolm Brown will not be able to play because of the left ankle injury he sustained in the first half of Saturday's game against Oklahoma State.

Though Texas has the depth to deal with Brown missing the game against West Virginia with freshman running back Johnathan Gray emerging in the fourth quarter against Oklahoma State to finally get the running game on track, Brown's proven patience and vision will be missed, with a great deal of pressure now on Gray to continue on the path of improvement he has shown by finishing the last two games strong.

The injuries are also starting to mount for Texas, with junior safety Adrian Phillips and sophomore defensive tackle Desmond Jackson both getting dinged against Oklahoma State as well, and the statuses of junior kicker Anthony Fera, who kicked on Sunday for the first time since the start of fall camp, junior linebacker Jordan Hicks, who is currently surrounded by rumors that he may need surgery, junior defensive tackle Brandon Moore, who may have mono, all still in question for the weekend.

Even for the top several teams in the country on any given year, overcoming multiple significant injuries, even for a few games, can be the difference between BCS appearances, conference championships, and seasons that leave a disappointing taste in the mouth of fans, even if the team still achieves plenty of success.

Is Texas on the brink of having injuries derail the most important stretch of the season over the next two games? If Fera, Hicks, and Moore can't play, along with Brown, it would unquestionably reduce the margin of error for a team that is already dealing with significant defensive issues. And provide an easy excuse to rationalize a loss.

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Injury Report Final: Hicks, Fera out plus one More

Texas Longhorns fans had steeled themselves this week with the understanding their All-Conference candidate linebacker Jordan Hicks would not play against the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

Head Athletic Trainer for Football Kenny Boyd confirmed this in a statement released Friday evening. Hicks suffered was appeared to be a hip injury against Ole Miss. It has not been disclosed the actual nature of the injury, nor the severity, but most assume the culprit to be a hip flexor or groin prognosis. Hicks was seen in practice during the weekly broadcasts on the Longhorn Network conducting pre-practice stretching exercises but he was not seen in any drill work. His status is a big blow to a defense looking to right some wrongs seen in the first three games. The team is allowed 70 players on the trip and head coach Mack Brown signaled earlier in the week they would focus on players who could help the team against the defending Big 12 conference championship Cowboys. As such, Hicks was held back at home base in Austin.

Included in the report was the acknowledgement that placekicker Penn State transfer Anthony Fera would not be playing due to his lingering groin injury. It was reported this injury was suffered prior to his reporting to fall camp but exacerbated during Mack Brown's first "live" look at Fera's field goal attempt at Texas facilities.

But the big news emanating from the report is NJCAA All American JUCO transfer starting defensive tackle Brandon Moore will not make the trip to Stillwater due to a virus. As a big part of the very improved DT 2-deep, Moore had proven a key cog in the Longhorns line-of-scrimmage play. While his production is a bit short of his counterparts at the position (5 tackles, 3 TFL's, 1 sack), his presence in the rotation is invaluable.

With Moore out, expect true freshman Malcom Brown to see significant playing time. Malcom tweeted during fall camp that "he didn't come to Texas to ride the bench." He'll definitely get his shot Saturday.

Another player to watch is former Elysian Fields 2A Texas HS defensive player of the year and 4th year player Kyle Kriegel who switched from offense to defense beginning this season.

Oklahoma State did not release an injury report on Friday in spite of a preseason announcement claiming they would be issuing a weekly report. The school reversed that new policy on Friday with an announced advisory they in fact will not be releasing an injury report claiming "those reports have led to unintended consequences". One recalls Gundy's famous "I'm A Man" rant after starting quarterback Mike Reid was benched for Zac Robinson due to Reid's propensity for injury.

One wonders if it was an amateurish response to the Big 12 conference office issuing a new ruling on Friday banning "stadium noise makers" during the oppositions offensive possessions. T. Boone Pickens stadium fans are famous for banging large paddles against the padded walls near the field, and especially behind visitors bench, in a rhythmic, tribal and hypnotic fashion that makes snap cadence and audibles all but impossible. The complaint was filed by new Big 12 member TCU. The officials can now call a 15 yard unsportsmanlike penalty against the home team. I anticipate OSU fans to test the limits of officials starting Saturday night.

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Jordan Hicks Looking Unlikely To Play Saturday

The news this week on injuries to running back Joe Bergeron and Anthony Fera has been positive. Not so much so for linebacker Jordan Hicks.

Though Hicks was witnessed warming up and stretching with his teammates on Wednesday before practice, he wasn't seen practicing with the team once drills started:

That conclusion is obviously that the cameras were instructed to avoid Hicks in order to keep from seeing him on the sidelines watching his teammates.

When asked about it on Tuesday, Joe Bergeron was careful to note that Hicks was dressed out, but did not mention him practicing.

There has already been one Twitter report that Hicks won't play:

Is the report credible? Well, Yoda is pretty legit on his own, and a tuxedo just makes him doubly so, no?

In all seriousness, though, the question is tough to evaluate, but Tuxedo Yoda's timeline does indicate he purports to have several sources with knowledge of unreleasable "Big 12 scoop" and Art Briles talking to Arkansas through intermediaries.

The bottom line is that a hip flexor injury like that sustained by Hicks could take a month to heal, making him unlikely to play against Oklahoma State on Saturday except in a best-case scenario, putting tremendous pressure on the other young linebackers to emerge as difference makers.

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Joe Bergeron Cleared To Play Against OSU

Ever since the Ole Miss game, Texas Longhorns fans have been fretting about the injury status of running back Joe Bergeron, linebacker Jordan Hicks, and kicker Anthony Fera.

On Tuesday, those fans received good news on one of those fronts, as Bergeron first showed up on the Longhorn Network in pads for practice, then later confirmed that he is good to go against the Pokes, barring a setback to his injured shoulder:

Of course, Bergeron's injury was never of the greatest concern, as it was termed a shoulder contusion in the first place and came at a time during the Ole Miss game when there was no reason to take chances with any type of injury.

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