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Three Texas players are probable against Oklahoma State

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Good news for the Longhorns.

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One starter sat out for the Texas Longhorns last Saturday against the Rice Owls and two more players suffered injuries during the game, but head coach Tom Herman said that all three players are probable for the Big 12 opener in Austin against the Okahoma State Cowboys on Saturday.

Senior wide receiver Collin Johnson missed the Rice game due to a hamstring issue that bothered him the week before, but he’ll return to practice on Tuesday. Johnson has seven catches for 108 yards and a touchdown in two games this season as opponents have often bracketed him in coverage or rolled coverage in his direction.

During preseason camp, senior center Zach Shackelford sprained his right foot. Against Rice, he re-aggravated the injury when he was rolled up on during a running play. Shackelford left the game and was ruled out for the second half, then had an MRI. Herman said afterwards that he expected Shackelford to try to play against the Cowboys. However, he will be limited during Tuesday’s practice.

Sophomore linebacker Joseph Ossai is increasingly becoming a key cog in Todd Orlando’s defense, but suffered a shoulder injury against Rice and would not have been able to return to the game. He also had an MRI that revealed a sprain and will wear a brace during practice on Tuesday.

Sophomore safeties BJ Foster (hamstring) and DeMarvion Overshown (vertebrae) are both out this week against Oklahoma State, but the tentative goal is to have them back following the bye week for the game in Morgantown against West Virginia.