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AUSTIN, Texas – For the fifth time this season, Texas has lost a starter to a season-ending injury.
Texas linebacker Steve Edmond suffered a lacerated liver during the Longhorns' 41-16 win over Texas Tech on Thursday and has been ruled out for the rest of the regular season, the school announced.
Edmond led the team in tackles with 73 and recorded two tackles for loss and two interceptions, including the game-sealing pick in overtime to defeat West Virginia earlier this month. There is no timetable for his return.
The junior left the game in the second quarter against Texas Tech after a hard hit on a block from receiver Eric Ward. Team trainers escorted Edmond to the locker room and he did not return.
In addition to Edmond, Texas has already lost quarterback David Ash, running back Johnathan Gray, defensive tackle Chris Whaley, linebackers Jordan Hicks and Tevin Jackson and cornerback Sheroid Evans for the season. Starting right tackle Josh Cochran has also missed eight games because of a shoulder injury.
Another Texas linebacker, Kendall Thompson, suffered a head injury against Texas Tech and continues to be evaluated. Sophomores Dalton Santos and Peter Jinkens played the majority of Texas' snaps at linebacker after Edmond went down.