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Texas WR Jaxon Shipley "ready to roll" against North Texas

The Horns got some good news on Tuesday.

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Longhorns should have their leading returning receiver on Saturday in senior Jaxon Shipley, according to play caller Shawn Watson.

Now "ready to roll" according to the assistant head coach for the offense/quarterbacks coach on Tuesday, Shipley practiced on Tuesday and presumably practiced on Monday as well after returning to limited action on Saturday for the first time since injuring his hamstring early in fall camp.

The news from Watson marked a significant departure from what head coach Charlie Strong said on Monday during his first game week press conference when he termed Shipley a game-day decision.

Of course, since practice on Monday was in the afternoon following the media availability, the head coach hadn't seen much of Shipley in practice.

The return of Shipley, assuming he doesn't have a setback during the next several days of practice, should be a major boon to the depleted Texas wide receiver corps, which lost leading receiver Mike Davis to graduation and junior Kendall Sanders and redshirt freshman Montrel Meander to dismissals following sexual assault charges prior to fall camp.

Texas kicks off the 2014 season against North Texas at 7 p.m. CT on the Longhorn Network.