Texas OT Kent Perkins suffers knee injury in practice

Kent Perkins at the 2013 US Army All-American game - Wescott Eberts (SB Nation)

How long will the key contributor be out?

The one position where the Texas Longhorns could not suffer long-term injuries this spring is offensive tackle, but sophomore Kent Perkins has already gone down with a knee injury not even one third of the way through the 15 practices culminating in the annual Orange-White game on April 19.

During a media availability following Tuesday's practice, head coach Charlie Strong confirmed rumors from the weekend that Perkins suffered a knee injury on Saturday. There was one report that the injury involved Perkins' kneecap, but Strong merely said that the severity of it was still undetermined.

As a result, there is no current timetable for the recovery of the 6'5, 325-pounder.

Following the graduation of left tackle Donald Hawkins and the retirement of right tackle Josh Cochran, the Horns entered the spring with only three contributors at tackle -- Perkins, junior Kennedy Estelle, who replaced Cochran in the starting lineup, and senior Desmond Harrison, who has also missed time this spring for an undisclosed injury.

So far, then, the returns have not been positive for Texas and offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Joe Wickline, who may find himself short on bodies by the time the spring game rolls around.

Perkins is a key on the line after launching himself onto the depth chart almost immediately after starting work last fall in camp and spent time at guard and tackle, starting the game against Texas Tech.

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