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Quinn Ewers injury update: Texas star QB to travel, gets dressed for week 4 game at Texas tech

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Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers will be in uniform for the No. 22 Longhorns as they travel to Texas Tech in the Big 12 opener for both teams, coach Steve Sarkisian said Thursday:. Ewers’ return to uniform comes two weeks after he suffered an SC joint sprain in a loss to No. 2 Alabama, but Sarkisian has not revealed whether the freshman in the red shirt will be ready to start against the Red Raiders.

Backups Hudson Card and Maalik Murphy also practiced this week, giving the Longhorns a full quarterback room for the first time in weeks after suffering health issues at the position early in the season.

Ewers went down for an extended period after a late tackle from Crimson Tide linebacker Dallas Turner. Early reports might have knocked Ewers out for up to six weeks; however, the prognosis has steadily improved since the injury. The Statesman reported that Ewers, who was on the field Saturday during warm-ups ahead of the Longhorns’ game with UTSA, will be back “much sooner than people expect.”

If Ewers can play this week, it will be a huge advantage for the Longhorns. The Southlak (Texas) Carroll product had an incredible first quarter against Alabama, completing 9 of 12 passes for 134 yards passing before the injury. Without a brutal 35-meter drop by receiver Xavier Worthy in the end zone, his numbers would have been even more impressive.

Card was inconsistent for the Longhorns in the 41-20 win over UTSA. He completed 15 of 23 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown, but struggled to brag about the kind of explosive play Ewers flashed in his first two starts.

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Texas opens Big 12 against Texas Tech on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET, the first trip to Lubbock for Sarkisian. Ironically, Texas Tech reportedly has made a strong pitch to Ewers during his transfer recruiting process, including feedback from NFL star Patrick Mahomes, but the former No. 1 recruit ultimately chose to join the Austin flagship program instead.

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