During a surprise media availability on Wednesday, Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong provided injury updates on three key contributors.
Senior running back Johnathan Gray (foot) and freshman offensive guard Patrick Vahe (knee) are both day-to-day after suffering injuries last weekend against the West Virginia Mountaineers. Strong said that both were evaluated on Monday, but will continue to meet with doctors in an effort to determine their status for the Thanksgiving contest against the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Saturday will be a key day for both, as the Texas head coach said that both will practice after being held out this week before expressing confidence in Vahe's back up, redshirt freshman Elijah Rodriguez.
"When we start our game prep then we'll know exactly where those guys are," Strong said. "On Saturday, [Elijah] Rodriguez came in and played very well. We can move that offensive line around now. We have enough guys who have played enough where we can just put them in different spots."
On Thursday, running back D'Onta Foreman will have surgery on the left pinky finger that he appeared to dislocate against the Mountaineers. His ability to carry the football following the surgery is still unknown, so the Horns could be without the team's top two running backs heading into the critical home game that could vault Texas to a bowl game with five wins.
Fortunately, that's the extent of the significant injuries right now.
"Those three guys are the major concerns right now, everyone else... we have a few bumps or bruises, but everyone else is out and they're practicing," Strong said.