The next time Limas Sweed steps onto a football field in uniform, it'll be in the NFL.
The senior wide receiver will undergo surgery to
repair ligament damage in his left wrist and will not play again this season, Texas athletic trainer Kenny Boyd confirmed.
According to the Texas athletics, after a thorough evaluation of Sweed's wrist and discussions with the Longhorn medical staff throughout the day, team physician Dr. Carey Windler recommended the surgery. Boyd informed Texas head coach Mack Brown late Monday afternoon.
"We've been monitoring Limas' wrist injury closely throughout the season and visited with him quite a bit this afternoon after his most recent problems," said Windler. "He has had continuing problems with his wrist throughout the season. Since the injury has become more symptomatic and limiting, it has led us to recommend that he undergo surgery to repair it."
In a release from Texas, Sweed said:
"I knew it was an injury I would be dealing with going into the season and I did everything I could to play through the pain and help the team. I've aggravated it a couple of times and again last week and have probably been in more pain than I let anybody know. I spent most of the afternoon on Monday with the doctors and training staff and they said that I should go ahead and have surgery to get it taken care of, so I'm going to take their advice. I'm disappointed I won't be out there playing but I'll be around cheering on the guys and doing everything I can to help the
team. I appreciate all of the support I've had from the coaches, doctors, trainers and all of my teammates and look forward to getting myself healthy, hopefully, for a future in the NFL."
Brown also released a statement, saying:
"We've been very fortunate to have Limas for the past four years. He's made a lot of great plays and had a record-setting career at Texas. Limas is a fine young man who has been a tremendous representative of our program on and off the field. We appreciate everything he did to try to help the team this year, but since he is in such intense pain, he cannot continue to play. He will stay involved helping us and supporting the team even though he won't be able to play, but since he keeps re-aggravating this injury, its important that he gets it fixed because he has a bright future in the NFL."
A 2006 first-team All-Big 12 selection and 2007 preseason All-American, Sweed has started 39 consecutive games and caught a pass in each of the last 24 contests. For his career, the Brenham (Texas) High School product has posted 124 receptions (No. 6 on UT's all-time list) for 1,915 yards (No. 5 on UT's all-time list) and 20 TDs (No. 2 on UT's all-time list), while averaging 33.3 yards per TD reception. He led the team with 46 catches for 801 yards and a school-record-tying 12 TDs in 2006. His streak of seven straight games with a TD catch that year tied Roy Williams' UT record. He had posted 19 receptions for 306 yards and three TDs this season.
Texas also announced that junior fullback Luke Tiemann will undergo surgery to repair a fracture in his right wrist and junior defensive end Aaron Lewis sustained a fracture in his left elbow versus Oklahoma on Saturday. Tiemann will miss at least two weeks and Lewis will be out indefinitely.
Limas Sweed Done at Texas
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