Texas running back Johnathan Gray breaks away in the second quarter against Cal Sept. 19, 2015 at Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium in Austin, TX. JAY JANNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Johnathan Gray tears Achilles — professional career in doubt

Posted January 14th, 2016

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Former Texas running back Johnathan Gray tore his Achilles for the second time and is having surgery on Thursday, the American-Statesman has learned.

The injury occurred Monday during a workout in the Dallas area as Gray, a senior for the Longhorns in 2015, was training for the team’s pro timing day in March. Prior to the injury Gray was considered a fringe prospect but it’s now increasingly unlikely he will be selected in the NFL draft.

This adds to a long list of setbacks for Gray, who missed the final four games of the 2013 season with a torn right Achilles. The latest tear was to Gray’s left Achilles.

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After staying healthy and playing in all 13 games in 2014, Gray was stricken by turf toe and missed starts in the final two games of 2015. He finished his senior year with 489 yards (4.0 yards per carry) and three touchdowns.

Gray, a former five-star recruit from Aledo, is Texas’ 12th all-time rusher.

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