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Tom Herman updates the injury status of Texas players

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The Longhorns are extremely banged up on defense, but the season’s two best opponents are now in the rearview mirror.

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The Texas Longhorns entered Saturday’s game against the Oklahoma Sooners without three key contributors on defense and left the Cotton Bowl with two more significant injuries to key contributors.

On a touchdown catch by Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, Texas junior safety Chris Brown suffered a fractured forearm that will keep him out for about six weeks — he may be able to return for the season finale against Texas Tech in Austin, but could be out until the bowl game. Brown is fourth on the team with 25 tackles and also has three tackles for loss, an interception, and two passes broken up.

Sophomores DeMarvion Overshown and Montrell Estell are listed as the co-starters at Brown’s safety position this week. Overshown is recovering from a vertebrae injury that kept him out for three games and limited him to special teams against the Sooners.

Senior linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch suffered a dislocated shoulder playing on special teams and will miss several weeks. McCulloch is fifth on the team with 24 tackles and also has 1.5 tackles for loss and a half sack.

On the Kansas depth chart, redshirt freshman linebacker Ayodele Adeoye is listed as the starter at Rover next to Mac linebacker Juwan Mitchell, a sophomore who suffered a significant sprain to his elbow that required an MRI. Herman believes that it won’t limit him too much during practice this week.

Senior wide receiver Collin Johnson took a helmet-to-helmet hit and left the game on Saturday after recording six catches for 82 yards. He remains under evaluation, but hasn’t been diagnosed with a concussion yet and will lift weights on Monday.

Freshman running back Jordan Whittington, who has been out since the Louisiana Tech game due to sports hernia surgery in early September, was officially ruled out for the Kansas game by Herman on Monday. So were sophomore safety Caden Sterns (knee) and sophomore cornerback Jalen Green (dislocated shoulder).