Texas Football: 3 key injured Longhorns players heading into K-State game

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Quinn Ewers, QB

The most significant injury the Longhorns are still dealing with in Week 10 is the Grade 2 AC joint sprain redshirt sophomore quarterback Quinn Ewers has on his throwing shoulder. Ewers suffered the shoulder injury in Texas’ Week 8 win on the road over Houston.

Ewers originally hurt his shoulder on a sack against Houston. But the hard collision between Ewers and defensive end David Ugwoegbu in the second half of the Houston game took him out of the contest for good. Ewers was no longer able to fight through the pain after that hit he took from Ugwoegbu.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Maalik Murphy got his first career start for the Longhorns in the win over BYU last weekend in Ewers’ absence due to the shoulder injury. Murphy completed 16-of-25 passing attempts for 170 passing yards, two passing touchdowns, and one interception in his first career start vs. BYU on Oct. 28.

Murphy will start a second consecutive game for the Longhorns against Kansas State at home in Week 10 with Ewers “week-to-week” with the shoulder issue.

There is still optimism that Ewers will return for the Longhorns before the regular season finale on Nov. 24 at home against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. It sounds like the soonest he would be available for the Longhorns, in the most optimistic of scenarios for his recovery timeline, is on Nov. 11 on the road in Fort Worth against the TCU Horned Frogs.