Texas tight end Blaine Irby, who missed the team’s final 10 games last season because of a dislocated knee, will not play this season, team trainers announced today.
Kenny Boyd, Texas’ head athletic trainer for football, said Irby sustained significant ligament and nerve damage when he was injured in last year’s game against Rice. He has undergone two surgeries but rehabilitation efforts have not progressed to the point that Irby can be cleared medically to compete.
“The nerve has not yet recovered, and drop foot is the
result,” said Dr. Carey Windler, Texas’ team orthopedic surgeon.
Irby, who had 10 catches for 95 yards in the first three games of the 2008 season, will be a junior when he returns for the 2010 season.
_ Jimmy Burch