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Texas Longhorns injury update: LB Dalton Santos to undergo surgery

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The Longhorns defense is having trouble staying healthy this spring.

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The Texas Longhorns will be without senior linebacker Dalton Santos for the remainder of spring practice, head coach Charlie Strong said during a Monday press conference.

Projected as the starter at middle linebacker, Santos suffered an ankle injury during practice and will undergo surgery this week. Strong expect Santos to return in mid-July.

Strong also provided updates on several other players, including redshirt freshman cornerback Jermaine Roberts, who suffered a knee injury. He will miss the rest of spring practice after undergoing knee surgery, with no timetable for his return. Prior to the injury, Roberts was backing up fellow redshirt freshman John Bonney at nickel back.

Another player also missed practice on Monday -- senior cornerback Duke Thomas, who suffered a sprained ankle during Saturday's scrimmage when he intercepted a pass and was tackled by junior quarterback Tyrone Swoopes. Thomas is day-to-day with that injury, according to Strong. Fortunately, the fact that he's not expected to be out long means it's not a high ankle sprain.

Minor injuries to sophomore wide receiver Armanti Foreman have been keeping him out of practice recently, but he's expected back soon and is listed as day-to-day right now.

There are also a number of players still spending time in The Pit with strength and conditioning coach Pat Moorer because they aren't yet able to practice. Those players are redshirt freshman defensive tackle Chris Nelson, redshirt freshman wide receiver Garrett Gray, senior defensive tackle Desmond Jackson, redshirt freshman defensive end Derick Roberson, and redshirt freshman running back Duke Catalon.