The Texas Longhorns will once again be without a handful of players entering the game against the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday, with the significant update being that junior linebacker Jordan Hicks will once again be on the sidelines with his hip injury.
Hicks was not listed on the depth chart this week for the first time in several games, increasing speculation that he will have to seek a medical redshirt for the hip flexor injury he suffered against Ole Miss on an awkward tackle. Since the injury occurred in the third game, he can apply for another season of eligibility from the NCAA.
Is Hicks out because it's Kansas and the coaches don't feel it's worth the risk? It's an impossible question to answer as the school hides behind HIPPA laws and reveals less to the public than other programs. The likelihood at this point is that Hicks has either aggravated the injury in practice or that the tear that he suffered was worse than originally thought.
The guess here is that he's simply not ready to go, and if he can't against Texas Tech either, it wouldn't seem to make sense to bring him back for the final three games.
As for the other injured Texas star, running back Malcolm Brown is once again listed as questionable with the left ankle injury sustained against Oklahoma State. The coaching staff will most likely not risk him suffering a setback against an inferior opponent, especially with quality depth at running back.
Several other Longhorns will also miss the game -- freshman offensive tackle Kennedy Estelle with a shoulder injury, freshman fullback Alex De La Torre with an ankle injury, freshman wide receiver Cayleb Jones with a knee injury, sophomore safety Sheroid Evans with a leg injury, and sophomore tight end Miles Onyegbule with an ankle injury.