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Texas RB Keaontay Ingram expected to play against TCU

Several other players will miss the game, but the Longhorns are steadily getting more healthy after a rash of early injuries.

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After missing last weekend’s game due to a knee injury, Texas Longhorns freshman running back Keaontay Ingram is expected to play on Saturday against the TCU Horned Frogs, head coach Tom Herman said during a media availability on Thursday.

Ingram practiced on Thursday, but how much or if he’s able to play this weekend will depend on his pain tolerance. Herman sounded confident that Ingram will be available, but wasn’t willing to make any guarantees on that front.

The Carthage product is quickly becoming an integral part of the Longhorns offense thanks to his feet, vision, and ability to split would-be tacklers. Through two games, Ingram has 16 carries for 101 yards and two touchdowns, while adding four catches for 17 yards.

After missing the first three games thanks to a foot injury suffered in preseason camp, senior wide receiver John Burt could see his first action of the season, though an evaluation of Burt’s pain level on Friday will be key.

Junior center Zach Shackelford has also been out, missing the last two games due to a foot sprain he suffered in practice after the season opener. As of Thursday evening, Herman wasn’t counting on Shackelford being able to play. So call Shackelford doubtful for the game.

Three other players were ruled out by Herman — freshman wide receiver Brennan Eagles (hamstring), freshman linebacker/safety DeMarvion Overshown (knee), and sophomore offensive lineman Patrick Hudson (heat-related illness).

Overshown is expected to return to practice next week, while Hudson is still undergoing tests to determine the cause of his issues. On Monday, doctors are expected to provide a “return to activity” plan, but there’s currently no timetable for his return.

Freshman linebacker Ayodele Adeoye, who missed the first two games with a knee injury and didn’t play against USC, is likely to see the first action of his career against TCU.