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Texas HC Tom Herman provides positive update on QB Sam Ehlinger, others

The Longhorns starting gunslinger should be good to go for the Kansas game, along with several other key contributors.

NCAA Football: Iowa State at Texas John Gutierrez-USA TODAY Sports

On Monday afternoon during his weekly press conference, Texas Longhorns head coach provided an update regarding several key contributors working through various ailments, and the news was largely positive.

For starters, starting quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who missed the second half of the Iowa State game with what Herman initially dubbed as an AC contusion, had an MRI on Sunday and the results came back as a “re-aggravation of the old injury,” per Herman. Prior to that update, Herman expanded upon Ehlinger’s injury a bit during the Big 12 teleconference, via Trenton Daeshcner of the Dallas News.

“No broken bones. No separation. No ridiculous amount of damage. But it’s angry. It’s upset. The joint, the shoulder is inflamed.”

Herman said though Ehlinger won’t throw today, he is expected to throw tomorrow.

Elsewhere, Herman said starting running back Tre Watson is working through a hip contusion suffered in the second quarter against the Cyclones. Herman added that the minor injury is “bothering him a little bit, but it should work itself out by the end of the week.”

Starting cornerback Kris Boyd and starting defensive tackle Chris Nelson are each working through knee contusions, Herman said.

Furthermore, though Herman didn’t note them in Monday’s injury report, Herman said on Saturday following the win over Iowa State that starting center Zach Shackelford suffered a sprained right elbow in the fourth quarter. He did, however, finish the game, as did starting defensive end Breckyn Hager, who was already playing with casts on his right elbow and right wrist from previous ailments. Herman said Hager “kind of re-aggravated” his dislocated elbow injury.

Herman also added after the game that running back Keaontay Ingram aggravated a hip pointer injury that’s lingered throughout the season, but said Ingram “should be okay.” Herman said the same for safety B.J. Foster, who suffered a rib contusion against Iowa State.

Herman did not note nickel back Josh Thompson, who missed the game with an ankle injury, nor starting safety Brandon Jones, who has now missed the past three games with an ankle injury.