Texas quarterback Jerrod Heard avoids Rice defenders during last Saturday's win at Royal-Memorial Stadium. (JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

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Jerrod Heard’s shoulder injury considered only ‘minor sprain’

Texas quarterback has already begun rehabilitation, unclear if he will return this spring

Posted March 31st, 2016

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Texas quarterback Jerrod Heard suffered what the team trainer called a “minor sprain” on his right throwing shoulder during Tuesday’s practice, the school announced Thursday morning.

Heard has already begun rehabilitation and, according to team trainer Anthony Pass, there is no timetable on Heard’s return this spring. The school did not address Heard’s long-term prognosis, but there is no reason to indicate he won’t be ready for the 2016 season.

Still, it’s unclear whether Heard will resume practice or be cleared to play in the team’s annual Orange-White spring game on April 16.

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Medically speaking, there may be no reason for him to return this spring at all. However, Heard will no doubt want to remain in the quarterback race with Tyrone Swoopes and Shane Buechele.

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