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UT QB McCoy has time to heal

Week off before A&M game will help UT freshman recover

02:02 AM CST on Monday, November 13, 2006

By CHIP BROWN / The Dallas Morning News

AUSTIN – Texas redshirt freshman quarterback Colt McCoy was sidelined by pinched nerves in his neck and shoulder area, an injury known as a stinger, in the first quarter of the Longhorns' 45-42 loss at Kansas State on Saturday.

"After the injury, Colt experienced shoulder weakness and neck pain," Texas athletic trainer Kenny Boyd said Sunday. "When evaluating injuries, we look for return of normal strength and a reduction of pain before putting a player back into the game. Colt wasn't released to play because his symptoms, including strength, did not improve."

McCoy suffered the injury after a collision with K-State linebacker Brandon Archer on a 1-yard touchdown dive that put Texas up, 7-0, with 8:07 left in the first quarter. McCoy was replaced by freshman Jevan Snead.

Texas is off this week before facing Texas A&M on Nov. 24.

"I'm really disappointed I wasn't able to be in there helping my teammates, but I'm going to be fine," McCoy said in a statement Sunday. "We have a great staff of trainers and doctors, and I've already started working with them to get my injury taken care of. ... I'll do everything it takes to get back."

Senior offensive lineman Justin Blalock of Plano East, a finalist for the Lombardi Award and an Outland Trophy candidate, sustained an injury to his left knee Saturday.

Senior center Lyle Sendlein moved to right guard, replacing Blalock. Junior Dallas Griffin replaced Sendlein at center.

Boyd said Blalock would continue to be evaluated as Texas prepares for Texas A&M. A win in that game would secure the Big 12 South title and a berth against Nebraska in the conference championship game in Kansas City on Dec. 2.

E-mail chipbrown@dallasnews.com

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