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Multiple Texas Longhorns will miss spring practice or be limited by injuries

An update on the walking wounded for the Texas Longhorns.

Dalton Santos
Dalton Santos
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As the Texas Longhorns started spring drills on Monday, the team was without a handful of players who will be limited during the 15 practices or miss them all entirely, according to head coach Charlie Strong.

Those players are senior linebacker Dalton Santos, senior wide receiver Ty Templin, sophomore running back Kirk Johnson, sophomore defensive end Derick Roberson, and junior tight end Blake Whiteley.

Santos is back after taking a medical redshirt last season following a spring ankle injury required surgery again in the fall. However, the current issue isn't related to any continued problems with his ankle, but rather a new toe injury.

A former walk on who was placed on scholarship last fall, Templin appeared in two games last season and made a special teams tackle against Rice before suffering an undisclosed season-ending injury.

As with Santos, the injury to Johnson was not made public, though Strong seemingly indicated that he has not yet been ruled out for spring practice. The Texas legacy broke out against Texas Tech on Thanksgiving due to injuries to other running backs, rushing three times for 32 yards. Unfortunately, he suffered an ankle injury in that game that kept him out against Baylor.

Roberson missed last spring due to offseason shoulder surgery and now will be limited as a result of a bad car accident in late January. After gaining 10 pounds since last fall, he's a candidate to move to the strongside defensive end position.

Ranked as the No. 1 junior college tight end nationally in the 2014 class, Whiteley redshirted his first year on campus and then sustained a season-ending knee injury during fall camp last year, reportedly tearing his ACL.