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Texas QB Sam Ehlinger, C Zach Shackelford cleared to return to practice

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Two key contributors returned to practice on Sunday, while two others are being evaluated for injuries of their own.

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After spending last week going through concussion protocol, Texas Longhorns freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger and sophomore center Zach Shackelford have been medically cleared and each returned to practice on Sunday, according to an update from the school.

Freshman running back Toneil Carter and junior defensive back P.J. Locke III, however, were reportedly held out of practice as Carter continues to be evaluated for a concussion and Locke deals with an ankle injury that prevented him from finishing the Baylor game.

After beginning the season as the backup quarterback, injuries paved the way for Ehlinger to record his first five career starts prior to suffering a concussion against Oklahoma State. Throughout that period, Ehlinger guided Texas to a 2-3 record with wins over San Jose State (56-0) and Kansas State (40-34). Ehlinger has completed 107 of 192 passes for 1,419 yards and six touchdowns this season.

Shackelford started the first six games of the season at center prior to missing the Baylor game as he went through concussion protocol.

Carter will now be required to work through the concussion protocol, as well, after suffering a similar ailment during the 38-7 win over Baylor.

Locke, the Longhorns starter at nickel back, left the stadium during Saturday’s game on crutches and wore a protective boot. Locke and Carter will continue to be evaluated by Texas.

This story will be updated.