Reports: Texas WR Marcus Johnson injured in practice

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The 'Horns may be without a promising young receiver for some time.

The Texas Longhorns managed to make it through the first week of fall practice without any major injuries, but that run of luck appears to have given out on Monday with several reports surfacing that sophomore wide receiver Marcus Johnson suffered an injury in practice, as reported nearly simultaneously by Inside Texas and Orangebloods.

There has not yet been an official injury report issued by the school, likely because the school does not yet know the extent of the injury, which would have occurred several hours ago.

With junior wide receiver Jaxon Shipley and senior wide receiver Mike Davis both limited because of pre-camp injuries, Johnson was receiving first-team reps and had appeared to earn the trust of junior quarterback David Ash, who consistently targeted Johnson in open practices on Friday and Saturday.

More than that, Johnson is one of the only true outside wide receivers on the team with Davis, Shipley, and sophomore Kendall Sanders all more effective from the slot. As a result, potentially losing Johnson for any serious length of time hurts depth a position that is already thin.

The Texas wide receiver corps doesn't particularly fit the new offense that well and Johnson was one of the few pieces that truly did fit, even if he failed to make a catch last season and wasn't likely to become one of the top three receivers this year.

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