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Texas RB D'Onta Foreman to undergo surgery for hand injury

The Horns are now down to two scholarship running backs who have played this season.

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The Texas Longhorns confirmed on Tuesday evening that freshman running back D'Onta Foreman suffered a hand injury on Saturday in Stillwater against the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

Surgery will happen this week and will keep him out of the game against the TCU Horned Frogs on Thanksigiving, but he has not been ruled out for the season.

A 6'2, 215-pounder who was a Semper Fi All-American in high school, Foreman played sparingly on special teams early in the season and saw spot action at running back, carrying the ball 14 times for 74 yards and catching one pass for seven yards. He also has one assisted tackle on special teams.

Other than a long run in garbage time against North Texas, his most notable play this season was a fumble on an attempted reverse against Kansas State that drew intense scrutiny because the staff and players had trouble immediately communicating whether the play was supposed to be a hand off or a toss before head coach Charlie Strong finally confirmed the next Monday that all such reverses are run as toss plays.

With the indefinite loss of Foreman, Texas is down to two scholarship running backs who have played this season -- senior Malcolm Brown and junior Johnathan Gray. Fortunately for the Longhorns, the offense hasn't really needed any other backs this season, as Brown and Gray have both remained healthy with the exception of minor shoulder injuries against West Virginia.

Prior to the season, senior running back Joe Bergeron and sophomore running back Jalen Overstreet were both dismissed during the Purge and 2014 all-purpose back signee Kevin Shorter had his career ended by a spinal injury during his senior year of high school football last fall.

If one of the two were to go down next week against TCU, Texas probably has a package of plays at running back for junior wide receiver Daje Johnson, whose lone carry against Oklahoma came out of the backfield. The staff would probably be reluctant to burn the redshirt of freshman Donald Catalon, who missed time during fall camp with a hamstring injury.

And so the injury train continues the day after Strong confirmed that redshirt freshman offensive lineman Darius James will have to undergo knee surgery.