UPDATED: ESPINOSA TO HAVE ANKLE SURGERY

It was potentially devastating news for senior C Dom Espinosa, who was rolled up on by a North Texas defender, and may miss a good chunk of the rest of the season.

Charlie Strong announced Monday fifth-year center Dom Espinosa will have surgery Wednesday to repair a fractured right ankle.

HornsDigest has learned Espinosa will miss the rest of the regular season.

3 p.m. Sunday

Multiple sources have indicated to HornsDigest on Sunday that fifth-year senior C Dom Espinosa has a broken ankle that will likely cost him the season.

It appears there's a chance Espinosa could qualify for a rare sixth year of eligibility - medical - if Espinosa is indeed lost for the season.

Jake Raulerson will take over at center with no clear backup at the position. Marcus Hutchins could be a candidate because of his ability to grasp the offense quickly.

Losing Espinosa for most or all of the season is a devastating blow to an already thin offensive line desperate for experience and leadership.

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1 AM SUNDAY - Hearing X-rays reveal a hairline fracture of the right ankle, which is better than a break. 

Espinosa will undergo an MRI on Sunday, which will provide the definitive answer. 

May not be as bad as first thought. A break of the ankle would likely be 8-12 weeks (possibly the end of October or end of November). A hairline fracture recovery would depend on how Espinosa is as a healer - but could be more along the lines of 6-8 weeks or maybe even less.

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10:30 PM SATURDAY - HornsDigest has learned the early injury prognosis at DKR for senior C Dom Espinosa is a broken right ankle. UT will seek further medical testing to be sure.

Devastating news for Espinosa, a valued leader on the team and one of only two captains for Saturday's opener vs UNT (along with CB Quandre Diggs).

Devastating news also for an offensive line that clearly needs Espinosa's leadership and ability to help QB David Ash read defenses. After Espinosa left the game, UT suffered a couple botched snaps, including one recovered by UNT.

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