Jaxon Shipley Injury: Updates on Texas WR's Head and Return

Tim KeeneyContributor IAugust 6, 2014

Texas receiver Jaxon Shipley (8) runs against Oklahoma State during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)
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Updates from Saturday, Sept. 13

Jaxon Shipley's status for today's game vs. UCLA has been confirmed according to the Longhorn Network:


Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 9

Jaxon Shipley's status for Texas' game against UCLA is in doubt according to Bryan Fischer of College Football 24/7:

After dealing with a hamstring injury, Shipley now must deal with his second injury of the young season.


Updates from Monday, Aug. 25

Jeff Howe of 247 Sports has the latest on Shipley:

On the Big 12 coaches teleconference on Monday morning, Texas head coach Charlie Strong officially listen senior wide receiver Jaxon Shipley as being day-to-day.

Shipley has been bothered by a hamstring injury since the early portions of camp. He recently started working his way back and Strong noted that Shipley is “getting better and better” every day.

“With Ship, we'll get to game time and see where he's at,” Strong said.

Original Text

The Texas Longhorns have an array of options at quarterback, but it may not matter who's under center if the wide receiving depth takes anymore blows.    

On Monday, senior Jaxon Shipley suffered a hamstring injury that will keep him sidelined for an unknown amount of time, according to the Associated Press' Jim Vertuno:

Coach Charlie Strong didn't sound overly concerned via Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman

Shipley has enjoyed a solid career in Austin, but injuries have limited him on multiple occasions. He hurt his hamstring as a freshman, and as his brother Jordan told ESPN.com's Max Olson, he had groin surgery before his junior year:

A lot of people don't know this, but he had a pretty significant surgery right before last season started and missed all of two-a-days. They went in and cut the attachments for his groin muscle on both sides and reattached them. They were torn and frayed everywhere. I don't know how he was even back to being able to play. That was four weeks before two-a-days. 

That makes the timing of this injury even more frustrating. Not only did he seem poised for a career year as the go-to option in the passing game, but Texas also can't afford any blows to the position. 

Olson noted the frightening depth:

True freshman Armanti Foreman has impressed in practice, but this is a scary thin group in terms of experience as long as Shipley and Marcus Johnson are both sidelined. John Harris has nine career receptions, while Jacorey Warrick has zero. 

Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray make up one of the best backfields in the country, which will be nice to lean on in the meantime.

But if Strong wants any kind of offensive balance in his first season, getting Shipley back and healthy before the opener against North Texas on Aug. 30 will be key.