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Reports: Texas RB Chris Warren out 6-8 weeks

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The first major injury for the ‘Horns will cost the sophomore most of the conference season.

NCAA Football: Texas at California John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Longhorns won’t have the services of sophomore running back Chris Warren this weekend against the Oklahoma Sooners and for weeks after that, as Alex Dunlap of Orangebloods reported on Tuesday evening that Warren will miss 6-8 weeks.

Inside Texas also reported the news yesterday.

If Warren misses the full eight weeks, it’s possible that he could return for the season finale against the TCU Horned Frogs in Austin after missing almost the entirety of the conference season.

The 6’2, 252-pounder was off to a strong start this season with 62 carries for 362 yards and three touchdowns as part of an improving Longhorns ground game, but suffered an injury to his knee area against the Oklahoma State Cowboys last weekend and missed the second half.

Without Warren, Texas will lose some physicality in the running game, as even Longhorns players like sophomore linebacker Malik Jefferson don’t like to tackle Warren in practice.

Instead, offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert will rely on freshman running back Kyle Porter, the 2016 US Army All-American who has 15 carries for 62 yards this season, but doesn’t possess the physical stature of Warren at 5’9 and 208 pounds.

Porter was a standout in fall camp, but hasn’t quite translated that production to the field yet. However, running backs typically transition quickly to the college game and the Katy product can be tough to tackle because of his low center of gravity and leg drive.

With Warren out, Texas will get an extended look at the freshman and hope that he can help the rushing attack continue to produce at a high level.