The RS-freshman left practice about 40 minutes into Thursday's session after his hamstring apparently tightened during a non-contact passing drill. The injury comes almost a year to the date of his season-ending ACL suffered during a non-contact drill last August.
Brown made a decision to close all but one remaining workout after several media outlets posted news of the injury prior to the conclusion of practice. It's unfair for families of injured players to potentially receive the initial news of a son's injury from sources other than the athletic staff, Brown said.
"(Shipley's) uncle was here so it worked out," Brown said. "His dad (Burnet High coach Bob Shipley) was on the practice field. He was practicing. That's the problem. Sometimes you can't get them. We try to call them immediately and let them know. If it's something that changes his life, like missing practice for a week, we call. If it's a day or two, we don't usually get concerned about it. But if it's a game-changer for him, or if it changes his season, or his practice for the next four days, we call them."
Shipley was named the Texas 3A Offensive Player of the Year by the Texas Sports Writer's Association during his senior season in 2003. His 264 career catches for 5,424 yards not only is a state record, it also ranks No. 2 all-time nationally. So does his 73 career touchdowns.