Injury Bug Bites

The HIPA ruling prohibits the release of detailed medical information regarding student athletes, but to find out who’s ailing at the Forty Acres, all you apparently have to do is open the Player Section of the current UT media guide.

"Our kids are beat to death," head coach Mack Brown said Monday. "Nearly everyone has something wrong with them this year."

Officially, RG Beau Baker (knee) and TE Chad Stevens (knee) are the only ones listed on the current Longhorn Injury Report.

Baker was sidelined against Kansas State with nine minutes remaining in the second quarter and is listed as ‘questionable’ for the Iowa State game. Redshirt freshman Jonathan Scott subbed for Baker but Derrick Dockery moved over to guard while Scott finished the contest at tackle.

"We’re going to leave Jonathan at tackle and then figure out what we’re going to do because we’re one injury away from having to re-scramble again," Brown said. "We don’t have any choice."

Stevens is listed as ‘doubtful.’

"Losing Chad on Friday really hurt us," Brown said. "He was just jogging and his knee went out."

Neither Roy Williams nor Sloan Thomas have practiced much in the past two weeks due to hamstring injuries, Brown added. Williams, however, appears to be slowly on the mend.

"I thought Roy was much better Saturday than he was against OU," Brown said. "He’s still not 100 percent. Sloan is still struggling some. Sloan’s (injury) has just gotten worse. It wasn’t a pull, but a nag. And he kept playing with it and playing with it. Hopefully this week we’ll get them all well and start back over. If you take Roy out, you’re taking out one of the great receivers to have ever played."

Freshman wideout Robert Timmons has had to learn to play the split end and flanker spots do to the injuries among receivers.

On the positive side, CB Nathan Vasher may finally be completely recovered from an ankle injury suffered against North Carolina (the lingering pain was when pushing off, and planting his foot, on punt returns) while DE Kalen Thornton (knee, ankle) is expected to regain his starting spot Saturday after his notable performances against Kansas State and OU.

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