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Texas close to full health as preseason camp begins

Defensive end Rob Cummins has suffered a setback with his surgically repaired knee.

Rob Cummins

AUSTIN, Texas — On Friday, the Texas Longhorns kicked off preseason camp with a practice in helmets and shorts at Whitaker Sports Complex with a team close to full health.

Following practice, head coach Tom Herman revealed that sophomore defensive end Rob Cummins suffered a new injury in his previously surgically repaired knee that required arthroscopic surgery this week. Cummins will go through the rehabilitation process before making a decision about his football future, Herman said. The last comment from Herman was notable, as Cummins missed all of the 2018 season with an injury in the same knee and hasn’t yet seen the field at Texas.

The only other injury update provided by Herman regarded redshirt freshman wide receiver Al’Vonte Woodard, who fractured his left foot in early June and underwent surgery. Woodard got out of his boot on Friday and is “progressing nicely,” accoding to Herman. He’s expected back at the end of preseason camp or following the season opener.

Other than that, the Longhorns are in good shape heading into preseason camp. Now the challenge is to keep the team healthy once the pads come on and the hitting commences.