Texas LB Jordan Hicks out for Season
It would appear Texas can't even pull off a much-needed win this season without some bad news to go along with it.
Texas has confirmed via Twitter that linebacker Jordan Hicks will have season-ending surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon.
Injury update: Junior LB Jordan Hicks will undergo surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon and miss the remainder of the season.— MBTexasFootball (@MBTexasFootball) September 22, 2013
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Coach Mack Brown confirmed Hicks had surgery for his Achilles tendon last week and plans on returning in 2014.
Texas LB Jordan Hicks had surgery last week and will come back next year for sure. #statesman— kbohls (@kbohls) September 30, 2013
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ESPN's Joe Schad previously reported that Hicks had injured his Achilles:
Texas LB Jordan Hicks has injured his Achilles— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) September 22, 2013
Geoff Ketchum of Orangebloods.com previously reported that while the specifics of the injury remain unclear, Hicks will miss the rest of the year:
Although we are still confirming the specifics of the injury, OB has confirmed that starting LB Jordan Hicks will miss the rest of the year.— Geoff Ketchum (@gkketch) September 22, 2013
Turns out, both reports were right. They just had to be combined.
Hicks was carted off the field during the second half of Saturday's win over Kansas State with what Texas confirmed on Twitter to be an ankle injury. Officially, Texas has not confirmed any of the reports that began surfacing Sunday.
Losing Hicks is a substantial blow to a Texas defense that finally showed signs of improvement. The Longhorns, who gave up over 800 yards rushing in their previous two games against BYU and Ole Miss, were able to hold K-State to 115 yards on the ground and three yards per carry.
Hicks currently leads Texas with 41 tackles, 2.5 of which are for a loss. He was also an important member of Texas' defense in 2012 before suffering what would become a season-ending hip/groin injury early in the year in a win over Ole Miss. Texas confirmed over the summer that Hicks was approved for a medical redshirt for that injury.
Suffice to say, Hicks has had little in the way of luck when it comes to injuries.
On top of Hicks' situation, quarterback David Ash left Saturday's game with another head injury and did not return. Ash had previously missed the Ole Miss game because of a concussion he suffered in Week 2 against BYU.
Wide receivers Daje Johnson and Mike Davis are also nursing ankle injuries. While Texas may be 1-0 in the Big 12, injury woes are already putting a damper on things.
Ben Kercheval is the lead writer for Big 12 football. All quotes obtained firsthand unless noted otherwise. You can follow Ben on Twitter @BenKercheval.
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