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Texas suffers host of injuries in Oklahoma State win

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The first bye week of the season is coming at a good time for the Horns.

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AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Longhorns are banged up heading into the season’s first bye week after paying a price for defeating the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday evening.

It started on the game’s first play, when freshman linebacker Marcus Tillman, Jr. was injured on the opening kickoff. After the game, head coach Tom Herman said that the initial diagnosis was an MCL sprain, but Tillman will have an MRI to determine if it was actually his ACL that he injured.

Later in the first half, sophomore cornerback Jalen Green suffered a dislocated shoulder on a tackle of Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard. He’ll also receive an MRI. The total rehabilitation time for a dislocated shoulder is between 12 and 16 weeks, so Green’s season may be over.

Junior cornerback Josh Thompson will also be out a significant amount of time after suffering a fractured bone in his foot.

Sophomore safety Caden Sterns went down with injuries twice. He returned after the first, which he sustained making a tackle in coverage, but did not return after the second, when he landed awkwardly late in the game and injured his knee. Herman said the knee was “really hurting” Sterns after the game, so he’ll have an MRI to determine the extent of the damage. The San Antonio product led the team with 12 tackles, including one tackle for loss.

Senior defensive end Malcolm Roach and redshirt freshman nose tackle Keondre Coburn also needed medical attention during the game, but were able to return. So did sophomore cornerback D’Shawn Jamison, who suffered a stinger, but later had the leave the game because he was hobbling.

“We’ve got to get some guys healthy, get them rested, and make sure that we know we’ve got a four-game stretch coming up and then another bye week,” Herman said.

“We’ve got to be at our best starting with West Virginia in two weeks.”

Doing so will require using some significant depth in the secondary, though sophomore safeties BJ Foster (hamstring) and DeMarvion Overshown (vertebrae) are both expected back against the Mountaineers.

“Hopefully we can get BJ and DeMarvion back for our next game and we can minimize some of that damage there in the secondary.” Herman said.

Against Oklahoma State, sophomore safety Montrell Estell received the first extended playing time of his career and acquitted himself well, finishing second on the team with nine tackles, including one for loss, and his first career interception. Freshman nickel back Chris Adimora also played, breaking up a pass in the end zone and recovering the late onside kick.