Texas football vs Kansas State full injury report for Week 10

Quinn Ewers, Texas football (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
Quinn Ewers, Texas football (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

In less than an hour, No. 7 Texas football and head coach Steve Sarkisian will begin their quest in November to make it to the Big 12 Championship Game when they take on the No. 23 Kansas State Wildcats. Texas hosts head coach Chris Klieman and Kansas State in the final meeting between these two teams as Big 12 foes at DKR in Austin on Nov. 4.

Texas and Kansas State are both in the thick of the race for a spot in the Big 12 Championship Game. The Longhorns and Wildcats sit in a five-way tie for first place in the Big 12 standings with the No. 21 Kansas Jayhawks, No. 23 Kansas State Wildcats, and Iowa State Cyclones. Each of these five Big 12 teams in first place in the conference standings boast records of 4-1 in conference play.

An obstacle the Longhorns must overcome in this game against Kansas State, though, is injuries. Texas was bitten by the injury bug in October, which will cause some starters to miss this game against Kansas State this weekend.

The Longhorns also have a few players that have a chance to play this weekend.

Here’s a look at the full injury report as No. 7 Texas hosts No. 23 Kansas State at home at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin on Nov. 4, with the kickoff time set for 11 a.m. CT.

Texas football injury report vs. Kansas State

Ethan Burke, EDGE (Doubtful)

Christian Jones, OT (Probable)

Quinn Ewers, QB (Out)

Cole Hutson, IOL (Questionable)

Jalen Catalon, S (Out)

Kitan Crawford, S (Questionable)

The injury report for the Longhorns, thankfully, is much shorter than it was last week heading into the matchup at home on Oct. 28 against the BYU Cougars. Texas got many starters back last week from injuries, including defensive backs Ryan Watts, Terrance Brooks, and Gavin Holmes.

But the Longhorns are still dealing with various ailments on both sides of the ball, namely with redshirt sophomore quarterback Quinn Ewers, who has been dealing with a shoulder injury since the Week 8 win over the Houston Cougars. Ewers is out this weekend against Kansas State, which means redshirt freshman Maalik Murphy will get his second start in a row at quarterback.

Ewers is listed as “week-to-week” as the soonest he could return in the most optimistic scenario is on the road next weekend in Fort Worth against the TCU Horned Frogs. On FOX’s Big Noon Kickoff on Nov. 4, Bruce Feldman reported that there is “optimism” that Ewers could return for the Longhorns vs. TCU next weekend.

Sophomore edge rusher Ethan Burke has a more optimistic outlook regarding his injury status than he had at the same time last week. There is an “outside chance” that Burke will be able to return to the lineup for the Longhorns this weekend against Kansas State.

Burke injured his knee in Texas’ Week 8 win over Houston. In his absence, second-year edge rushers Justice Finkley and J’Mond Tapp have played more snaps opposite junior edge rusher Barryn Sorrell.

Horns247 reported on Nov. 2 (paid content) that senior safety Jalen Catalon is at least a week away from making his possible return to the lineup after suffering a leg injury against the Oklahoma Sooners on Oct. 7. Catalon hasn’t played any defensive snaps for the Longhorns since suffering the leg injury after taking eight reps against Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry game.

In Catalon’s absence, redshirt sophomore safety Michael Taaffe, senior Jerrin Thompson, and true freshman Derek Williams Jr. have rotated at the two safety spots in the secondary. Senior safety Kitan Crawford has also been banged up recently, but he was not mentioned by Sarkisian this week among the players that are “week-to-week” heading into the Kansas State game.

Among the more significant injuries the Longhorns dealt with in practice this week was an ankle issue for senior offensive tackle Christian Jones. The super senior at right tackle has reportedly been dealing with an ankle issue in the last couple of weeks that limited him in practice this week.

Watch out for sophomore interior offensive lineman Cole Hutson to see significant reps along the offensive line for the second week in a row if Texas experiences any injuries in the trenches against Kansas State.

Kansas State injury report vs. Texas

Keagan Johnson, WR (Questionable)

Asa Newsom, LB (Out)

Daniel Green, LB (Out)

Austin Romaine, LB (Probable)

Kansas State comes into Week 10 with a healthy squad, outside of a host of linebacker injuries. The most significant linebacker injury the Wildcats have dealt with in the last few weeks was to starting middle linebacker and freshman Austin Romaine. The first-year linebacker Romaine missed Kansas State’s Week 8 matchup against TCU.

Romaine returned to the Wildcats defense last weekend in the win over Houston in Manhattan. He started the game against Houston and played 30 defensive snaps before the Wildcats got up big in the second half and played some players further down the defensive depth chart.

Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Keagan Johnson is also questionable heading into Week 10 as he’s dealing with an undisclosed injury. Johnson missed Kansas State’s last game against Houston and only played a handful of offensive snaps in the Week 8 win over TCU. Johnson was Kansas State’s fourth-most targeted receiver heading into Week 8.

Expect senior slot receiver Philip Brooks, senior boundary receiver Jadon Jackson, and true freshman receiver Jayce Brown to receive the bulk of the snaps on offense for the Wildcats in Week 10.

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