Texas Football: 4 key injured Longhorns players heading into UW

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Xavier Worthy, WR

Another top skill position target for the Longhorns in the receiving corps who will be on display in the Sugar Bowl is standout junior wide receiver Xavier Worthy. Worthy is expected to be active for the Longhorns after he injured his ankle in the Big 12 Championship Game on Dec. 2 against Oklahoma State.

Worthy was seen on the sideline in crutches in the second half of the Big 12 title game earlier this month. He was also limited in the early stages of bowl practice for the Longhorns a few weeks ago.

In Sugar Bowl practice this week, Worthy has been a full participant in individual and team drills. He was seen practicing at the Sugar Bowl this week without a visible brace or wrapping on his ankle.

In media availability at the Sugar Bowl earlier this week, Worthy said that he is "definitely good to go" and that he's "trying to get as close to 100 percent as possible".

Sarkisian has also said at multiple points in media availability sessions in the last couple of weeks that he expects Worthy to be ready to go for the Sugar Bowl against Washington.

A practice report from Horns247 on Dec. 28 (paid content) noted that Worthy was "looking fast and fluid" in position and team drills a few days ago. It sounds like Worthy is good to go for the Longhorns for the Sugar Bowl after a month of recovering from the ankle injury since the Big 12 title game on Dec. 2.

True freshman wide receiver Johntay Cook II has taken the second-team practice reps at the field spot behind Worthy in Sugar Bowl prep this week.

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