A successful football weekend for the Longhorns was tarnished by an occupational hazard of the sport.
Jordan Hicks, the team’s best linebacker, suffered a ruptured left Achilles tendon during a 31-21 victory against Kansas State Saturday. He will have surgery and miss the rest of the season. There is no timetable for his return.
Meanwhile, quarterback David Ash is being evaluated for what team officials call “head injury symptoms.” Ash suffered a concussion at Brigham Young on Sept. 7, missed the game against Mississippi a week later, and did not return after halftime against Kansas State.
Hicks, a junior, leads the Longhorns (2-2, 1-0 Big 12) in tackles with 41.
This marks the second time in the past year that the Longhorns have lost Hicks to a season ending injury. Last season he suffered what was first called an injury to his hip, but later to his groin, in the third game, at Mississippi. He was expected back within a few weeks but never returned.
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