The onslaught of injuries for the Texas Longhorns continued on Saturday against the Kansas State Wildcats when junior linebacker Jordan Hicks was carted off the field during the third quarter with what was being called a left ankle injury. On Sunday, multiple reports emerged, starting from Inside Texas ($), that Hicks will miss the rest of his season due to an injury.
Though the reports from Orangebloods and Horns247 did not have specifics about the injury, Inside Texas is reporting that Hicks has a torn Achilles. During the afternoon, the school confirmed that Hicks did indeed rupture his left Achilles tendon and will miss the rest of his season. Recovery time for that injury is typically at least six months.
The junior from Ohio was granted a medical redshirt last season after a hip flexor injury he incurred in the third game against Ole Miss kept him out for the rest of the season. The fourth game would represent 33% of the season, but Hicks didn't finish it, so he's probably right on the edge of being eligible for another medical redshirt. However, after multiple other injuries earlier in his career, including a fractured foot that kept him out one spring, it may be that Hicks has only a limited future in football.
It's not a toughness issue -- it's just that his body keeps letting him down. Beyond his obvious talent, it's sad to see because Hicks has a reputation as a hard worker and good teammate.
As he was at the time of his injury last season, Hicks is the leading tackler for the Longhorns with 35 stops, including 2.5 tackles for loss. If he does miss the rest of the season, his absence will mean increased pressure on a linebacker corps that has failed to elevate their play this year outside of Hicks, as junior Steve Edmond and sophomore Peter Jinkens have mostly been disappointments, while junior Tevin Jackson has been completely absent, as has junior Kendall Thompson.
Suffice it to say that Texas badly needs this bye week to regain some semblance of health.