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Texas QB Tyrone Swoopes will play vs. OSU while team awaits word on OL Darius James

Updates on all the nicks and dings sustained last week and on Saturday.

Erich Schlegel

The Texas Longhorns managed to make it through the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers without suffering any major injuries, there were still a few dings sustained by key players.

According to Chip Brown of Horns Digest, sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes was wearing a walking boot around campus on Monday, but he didn't have it on during the weekly media availability. Head coach Charlie Strong described it as a tweak to his ankle and noted that he will play against Oklahoma State.

As for redshirt freshman offensive lineman Darius James, the school is still in wait and see mode as he continues to await the results of his MRI after reports last week that will miss the rest of the season.

"I don't know that yet," play caller Shawn Watson said after the game when asked if the injury to James was season-ending.

"We don't know that. We're waiting to get final analysis on that. As you know, that is a process that goes through the team doctors and let things kind of settle down and then we'll get it."

On Monday, Strong didn't have a further update on James, as he said it's not clear whether or not he will need surgery.

Both senior running back Malcolm Brown and junior running back Johnathan Gray suffered slight injuries to their shoulders on Saturday, but both returned to action and are expected to be at or near full health on Saturday.

After the West Virginia game, Gray provided an update on his health after making another impressive jump cut this week to set up a long run.

"I feel better coming off an Achilles injury," he said. "It felt great getting better each and every day. The sky is the limit now."

His head coach thinks that some of his confidence is coming back.

"Yeah, I think Johnathan is really finding confidence coming off his injury," Strong said after the game. "He's really playing explosive. His change of direction, each week he's made change of direction runs in tight places. So you can see his confidence is back from the injury."

Brown took a hit to his shoulder in the first half and stayed down on the field for a moment.

"I know when Malcolm went down, I went out on the field and he was laying there, I was like, Are you okay? He was like, I don't want to lay here, Coach. I've got to get off the field. I said, you got blown up. You need to kind of sit here for a minute," Strong said. "So we were kind of joking out on the field and laughing about it. I said, he blew you up. He's like, Come on, Coach. Can I get out of here?  And I said no, just stay here for a second."

The injury was not significant enough to keep Brown from starting the second half.