Leaving practice on Thursday, Texas Longhorns junior wide receiver Collin Johnson was on crutches after tweaking his knee during practice, but head coach Tom Herman expects Johnson to play on Saturday in Lubbock against the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
The rest of the news was more positive — though sophomore defensive end Marqez Bimage was already ruled out due to his dislocated shoulder, Herman said on Thursday that senior defensive end Breckyn Hager (dislocated radius) will play, but likely on a limited basis, while senior cornerback Davante Davis is cleared.
Junior safety Brandon Jones, who suffered a freak accident when he sprained his ankle at the team hotel last Saturday morning, is still day to day and will receive further evaluation from the medical staff to determine his availability on Saturday.
With Hager likely limited, Texas may turn towards junior Malcolm Roach once again — Louisiana product started the season at linebacker, then spent time at B-backer before suffering a fractured foot against USC, but returned against West Virginia as a defensive end. And the coaching staff only expected to get 10 to 15 plays out of Roach, he ended up playing around 25 snaps. After another week of practice, Roach should be able to play more against Texas Tech. The defense will likely need him to do so.