• Injuries plague Longhorns in the 2016 NFL season

    With only five games left in the regular season, the NFL playoffs are lurking around the corner. Longhorns in the league are buckling down for the last leg of the season. And many have already made headlines this season.

    Texas legend Justin Tucker — who kicked the game-winning field goal in the program’s final game against Texas A&M in 2011 — continued his impressive NFL career on Sunday. A Pro Bowler in 2013, Tucker went 3/3 on kicks against the Cincinnati Bengals, including a season-long 57-yard boot. He has now made all 27 field goals attempted this year. 

    Linebacker Jordan Hicks of the Philadelphia Eagles has been on fire in recent weeks, pulling down two interceptions  and 30 tackles since the end of October. His division rival Keenan Robinson, a linebacker for the New York Giants, has also racked up 59 combined tackles this season.  

    However, injuries have piled up for several former Longhorns.

    Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas missed his the first game in seven seasons this weekend after injuring his hamstring against the Philadelphia Eagles the week prior. 

    Buffalo Bills safety Aaron Williams also remains sidelined after injuring his neck against the Miami Dolphins in October; he will miss remainder of the season. Dallas Cowboys tight end Geoff Swaim will also miss extended time after tearing a pectoral muscle. 

  • Foreman to make decision on NFL soon

    Running back D’Onta Foreman still has one year of collegiate eligibility at his disposal. But the junior has yet to make a decision on whether or not he will return to don the burnt orange for one last season. 

    According to his father, Derrick Foreman, D’Onta’s decision could come at any time this week. 

    “Everyone wants to know when D’Onta’s official announcement will come,” Derrick Foreman tweeted on Tuesday morning. “[I] Don’t know exact day but it will be before or by Friday at the latest.” 

    Derrick Foreman also said that reports this week about D’Onta already signing with an NFL agent are false. D’Onta spoke with his father, his brother Armanti, his mother and newly appointed Texas head coach Tom Herman this week about his looming choice. 

    Should Foreman return, the future looks bright on the 40 Acres. He rushed for 2,028 yards this season on a team that stumbled to a 5–7 record. Herman promised championships for Texas, and an invigorated squad could lead to more individual accolades for Foreman. 

    But if he decides to test the NFL waters, Foreman should still be in good shape at the next level, too. ESPN’s Todd McShay said earlier this month that Foreman could wind up getting selected in the first round of the draft.