Texas defensive lineman Chris Nelson (97) rubs his belly while wearing the Golden Hat following Texas' 48-45 win over Oklahoma in an NCAA college football game at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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Rub that belly: Texas DT Chris Nelson now cleared to play despite ankle injury

Nelson had been ruled out vs. West Virginia after a freak injury on Wednesday, per Tom Herman

Posted November 3rd, 2018

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Texas fans will rub their bellies about some good injury news.

Defensive tackle Chris Nelson has been cleared to play Saturday against West Virginia despite an ankle injury suffered mid-week.

Nelson, a senior captain known for rubbing his tummy after big plays, had been ruled out on Thursday by coach Tom Herman. Initially, Herman said it was a freak injury but that Nelson would be available next week against Texas Tech.

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Nelson has 23 tackles this season and two for loss.

If Nelson can’t play a full game, backups Gerald Wilbon and D’Andre Christmas were prepared to play.

Also on Saturday, the Longhorns hope to use linebacker Malcolm Roach (foot) for the first time in weeks. He was cleared to play in light duty against the Mountaineers. Roach was expected to be cleared for full action next week against the Red Raiders.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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