Sweed: 'Back and Ready'

On Monday, Texas head coach Mack Brown officially listed Limas Sweed as "probable," but the senior split end had a different take of the status of his injured wrist.

"I'm ready. I can't stop smiling," said senior wide receiver Limas Sweed, practically bouncing off the walls in Belmont Hall with excitement as the Texas Longhorns conducted their season opening press conference.

Head coach Mack Brown said that Sweed is listed as "probable", but the wideout told the assembled reporters a different story.

"I'd list myself as 'Back and ready to play,'" said Sweed confidently.

As Sweed talked, he waived his left arm around and moved his fingers so those that were present could see his range of motion. The wrist was wrapped up, but Sweed said it was only precautionary.

"Got a little Ace bandage on, just to keep it tight," said Sweed, motioning to his bound up wrist.

Sweed's wrist sprain, which occurred trying to catch himself while falling down during a team scrimmage, was another in a series of blows to the Texas wide receivers. Junior Jordan Shipley strained his hamstring during summer workouts and senior Billy Pittman injured his shoulder during a red zone drill in August camp. Shipley is listed as doubtful for the season opener, although he is listed as the starting holder and will hold field goals for kicker Ryan Bailey. Pittman is out and will not play in the game.

Despite the rehabilitation and time spent out of drills, Sweed put a personal silver lining on the injury.

"It allowed me to focus in on one-handed catches," said Sweed with a smile. "If you can catch it with one, you can catch it with two."

Sweed says the injury was just a sprain, but an Inside Texas source close to the situation said the senior suffered a micro-fracture in his wrist, although that's still not a major injury. There have also been rumors that the injury was more serious than that and was in fact a serious break that would require surgery, but Sweed dismissed the rumor mill.

"If it was broke, I wouldn't be able to: (clap) (clap) (clap) You know what I'm sayin'," said Sweed, clapping his hands three times to show his wrist is healthy.

"It's something that got blown out of proportion," said Sweed. "It's totally understandable. I'm just happy to be back in practice, playing and I'll be ready for the game."

Sweed led the Longhorns last season with 46 catches for 801 yards. He also grabbed 12 touchdowns, which tied the UT single season record held by Roy Williams (12 TDs, 2002). Texas takes on Arkansas State to start the season at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 1st.

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