Charlie Strong‘s Texas coaching seat is red-hot, so this development probably won’t have any type of cooling effect whatsoever.
Chris Warren sustained an unspecified knee injury in last Saturday’s embarrassing loss to Oklahoma State. While Strong has already ruled the running back out of this weekend’s Red River Shootout matchup with Oklahoma, the Austin American-Statesman is reporting that Warren will “be out much longer.”
A UT spokesperson told the American-Statesman that Warren will be out “for an extended period of time.” Alex Dunlap of Orangebloods.com reports that Warren will be sidelined for 6-8 weeks.
At the short end of that timeline, Warren could return for the West Virginia game Nov. 12 after missing matchups with OU, Iowa State, Kansas State, Baylor and Texas Tech. At the long end, he’d miss games against WVU and Kansas as well before returning for the regular-season finale against TCU.
Whether the sophomore could just sit the remainder of the season and claim a medical hardship waiver is dicey as the injury occurred in the fourth game of the season.
Through those four games, Warren was second on the team in rushing yards (366) and yards per carry (5.9). His three rushing touchdowns are third.
The Longhorns’ leading rusher, D'Onta Foreman (436-7.0-5), was also injured in the OSU loss but is expected to play in this Saturday’s rivalry game.