McClintock injured, has surgery

UT DE <B>O.J.</B> <B>McClintock</B> underwent surgery Friday morning to repair injuries that included significant damage to muscles and tendons in his right arm. McClintock sustained the injuries in an accident at a family member's home on Friday. Doctors said McClintock's injury appeared to be caused by a glass cut, likely from a broken window.

The UT medical staff will continue to evaluate McClintock's injury over the next several days. The extent of his recovery and rehabilitation time has yet to be determined.

"O.J.'s surgery was successful," UT head football trainer Tom McVan said. "Our medical staff and the surgeons will continue to monitor his progress during the next several days and determine a recovery time."

The Longhorn veterans are scheduled to report in just over a week on August 9 and the season kicks off in just over a month on Sept. 1. If McClintock is unable to practice or play soon, the Horns will be precariously thin at defensive end.

After a successful and promising spring switch from LB to DE, McClintock owned the back-up job at left defensive end behind starter Cory Redding. Texas lost one of Kalen Thornton's right DE back-ups Adam McConathy earlier this month when the junior from Louisiana announced his intentions to transfer. Jermain Anderson, who has had his share of injury problems while on the Forty Acres, is the only remaining healthy DE back-up heading into two-a-days.

Maurice Gordon, who like McClintock made a successful position switch (from DE to DT) during spring, could be forced back to the outside if O.J. misses significant action. McClintock's injury could also thrust true freshman DE Lance McFarland into earlier than expected action.

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