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Texas updates injury status of several players, including OT Elijah Rodriguez

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The normal wear and tear of preseason camp is starting to accumulate.

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As promised, the Texas Longhorns released a comprehensive injury update on Tuesday afternoon that placed into a deeper perspective the current level of health, which is not ideal, but not yet significantly problematic.

During the morning practice, junior Elijah Rodriguez left the field with assistance after suffering what the school is calling a high ankle sprain. The recovery timetable for athletes can sometimes be as long as six or seven weeks with such a sprain, which impacts the stability of the tibia and fibia.

Last season, center Zach Shackelford suffered several high ankle sprains that limited his mobility for the entire season and ultimately resulted in an offseason surgery to stabilize his ankle ligaments.

So the difference between an ankle sprain on the outside of the foot and a high sprain above the ankle is significant. In the short term, the injury to Rodriguez will result in renewed competition between senior Tristan Nickelson and sophomore Denzel Okafor at right tackle.

Sophomore defensive end Malcolm Roach has a turf toe sprain, though the school did not reveal the severity. Since Roach was dressed in shoulder pads during Tuesday’s practice — though his foot was in a boot and he did not participate — it may be a Grade 1 sprain, which would allow his return at some point this week.

However, if the sprain is more serious, a Grade 2 or Grade 3 sprain, Roach could be out as long as six weeks in a worst-case scenario.

Other injuries include a hyperextended knee suffered by redshirt freshman defensive lineman Andrew Fitzgerald, a concussion suffered by junior center Terrell Cuney, and a shoulder sprain suffered by sophomore running back Kyle Porter.

Meanwhile, senior safety Jason Hall remains in concussion protocol following a head injury he sustained during the scrimmage on Saturday.