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Texas RB Jordan Whittington out 4-6 weeks with torn adductor muscle

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This is less than ideal news for the Longhorns.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: APR 13 Texas Spring Game Photo by John Rivera/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

An already-rail-thin Texas Longhorns running back room will now be without another notable name as true freshman Jordan Whittington has suffered a torn adductor muscle in his groin, per Texas head coach Tom Herman.

“We are finalizing plans to get him to Philadelphia to get that fixed again,” Herman said. “Last time he had it fixed was in Houston. This time, we’re going to send him to one of the godfathers of that surgery out there in Philadelphia.”

Herman said in a best-case scenario, Whittington could return in four weeks, though he expects his recovery timetable to stretch to six weeks.

“Your two tailbacks are Keaontay Ingram and Roschon Johnson,” Herman said.

With Whittington becoming just the latest Longhorns running back bitten by the injury bug, Herman said true freshman David Gbenda, regarded as a four-star inside linebacker during the 2019 cycle, was moved to running back during practice on Sunday.

In the meantime, Whittington joins junior Daniel Young and redshirt senior Kirk Johnson on the sidelines, as well as true freshman Derrian Brown, who won’t suit up for the Horns in 2019.