The incredible recovery of Texas Longhorns junior running back Johnathan Gray continues apace with multiple reports that he will be fully cleared next week.
Jeremy Fowler of CBS broke the news on Thursday evening and Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News was also able to confirm the news with a school source.
Gray missed the last four games of the season after suffering a torn Achilles on a non-contact play in the game against West Virginia on November 9. Since the typical recovery time is eight to 12 months for such an injury, Gray has been able to come back more quickly than most players, standing as further testament to his impressive work ethic.
At the time of the injury, Gray was the leading rusher for Texas and finished the season with 780 yards and four touchdowns at 4.91 yards per carry.
The question, of course, is whether Gray will be able to fully recover his explosiveness and cutting ability, a major concern given the history of NFL players returning after similar injuries.
It appears the Longhorns will have Gray available this season, but will be a shadow of his former self?
Not if he can help it, surely.