Wide receivers Jaxon Shipley and Marcus Johnson were limited in practice Tuesday and practiced again Wednesday. Whether they will suit up for the Longhorns in Saturday's season opener against New Mexico State has not been decided.
"They did not have more soreness today than yesterday, so that was good," head coach Mack Brown said. "We'll press them a little bit harder today, get them in more competition and probably won't know for sure how they'll do until Saturday morning."
Shipley, who is recovering from a hip injury, made a team-high 59 catches for 737 yards and six touchdowns in 2012. Johnson played in eight games last season without making any catches. He sprained his right MCL earlier this month and is also questionable for this weekend.
Sophomore wideout Kendall Sanders will not play this weekend while he serves a one-game suspension stemming from a DWI arrest in April. That means Texas may need true freshman Jacorey Warrick to play and could even have sophomore cornerback Duke Thomas, who played both ways in this year's Orange-White Scrimmage, to play wide receiver.
"We are going to have an emergency plan for Duke Thomas so, if we had to move him over, if we had too many receivers hurt until we get everybody back. He worked there five days in the spring, so we'll work him there a little bit today and a little bit tomorrow."
Freshman quarterback Tyrone Swoopes is not injured but is also questionable for Saturday's opener. With Jalen Overstreet moving to running back and Connor Brewer transferring to Arizona over the offseason, Swoopes was left as the only option to be the Longhorns' third-string quarterback.
"We've got to see him step up," Brown said of Swoopes at Big 12 Media Days last month. "We would like to play him. We would like for him to be good. David [Ash] thinks he's made progress."
Ash and senior Case McCoy are the only two other quarterbacks with scholarships on the Texas roster. If Swoopes doesn't play this weekend, there's a chance he could redshirt this year.