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Texas WR Xavier Worthy leaves Big 12 Championship game with left ankle injury

Despite a walking boot and crutches, Worthy took time to sign some autographs after the win.

NCAA Football: Big 12 Football Championship-Oklahoma State at Texas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Longhorns junior wide receiver Xavier Worthy left Saturday’s Big 12 Championship game at AT&T Stadium early in the fourth quarter after suffering a left ankle injury on a 10-yard catch. Worthy received medical attention on the sideline before receiving help hobbling off the field and into the Texas locker room.

The 6’1, 172-pounder made it back onto the turf in Arlington before the final whistle with his left foot in a walking boot and on crutches.

Despite the injury, Worthy took time after the game to sign some autographs for fans.

It’s not the first time Worthy has tweaked that injury — he left last week’s home win over Texas Tech at halftime before returning in the second half and continuing to return punts, but Sarkisian did say that Saturday’s X-rays were negative on Worthy’s ankle and acknowledged that he’s been dealing with that injury for some time. On Sunday, Sarkisian expressed confidence that Worthy will be available against Washington in the Sugar Bowl.

The Texas star finished with six catches for 86 yards against Oklahoma State and heads into the bowl season with 73 catches for 969 yards and five touchdowns, as well as a punt return touchdown and 358 return yards.