Texas football QB Quinn Ewers returns to practice upon Big 12 opener

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For the first time since suffering a clavicle sprain on his non-throwing shoulder in the loss to the No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide at home on Sep. 10, Texas football redshirt freshman quarterback Quinn Ewers apparently returned to practice.

Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian announced in his Monday press conference on Sep. 19 that Ewers practiced with the team on this day, which would be the first time since the Alabama game week.

This is starting to inspire some level of optimism that the Longhorns will be able to get Ewers back for a return to live-game action earlier than originally anticipated. The original prognosis for this clavicle injury to Ewers was that he would miss a minimum of four weeks. ESPN’s Pete Thamel originally reported the recovery timeline for Ewers would be four-to-six weeks coming out of the Alabama game.

Texas football gets QB Quinn Ewers back at practice this week ahead of the Texas Tech game

Moreover, Ewers was originally injured on a big hit that he took while he was in mid-air after throwing a ball away from sophomore Alabama edge rusher Dallas Turner. That forced junior quarterback Hudson Card into the game around the end of the first quarter on Sep. 10.

Card also started at quarterback for the Longhorns in the win last weekend at home over the UTSA Roadrunners.

Sark also mentioned in his Monday press conference that Card along with Ewers and true freshman quarterback Maalik Murphy were all back at practice on Sep. 19. He noted that “wasn’t the case last week” that all three quarterbacks were participants in practice on the same day.

It has yet to be seen if Ewers will be healthy enough to give it a go this weekend for the Big 12 opener against Texas Tech. But it does look more realistic now that he is able to make his return for Texas at home on Oct. 1 against the West Virginia Mountaineers.

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Texas is now sitting on a record of 2-1 (0-0 Big 12) after the convincing 41-20 win over UTSA at home at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Sep. 17. Ewers and the Longhorns will face Texas Tech in the Big 12 opener on the road at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, with kickoff time set for 2:30 p.m. CT on Sep. 24.