Texas junior linebacker Steve Edmond, the Longhorns' leading tackler, is out for the rest of this season with a lacerated liver.
This leaves Texas even more short-handed at linebacker as redshirt freshman Tim Cole will make his second career start. Sophomores Dalton Santos and Peter Jinkens are now the only healthy linebackers on the team with significant starting experience.
Junior Kendall Thompson is listed as the backup to Cole and Santos on the Longhorns depth chart but is day-to-day with a head injury he sustained against Texas Tech last week.
Edmond, who had already been ruled out for Texas' regular season finale this weekend in Waco against Baylor, suffered the injury after being hit hard by Texas Tech wide receiver Eric Ward in the second quarter of the Longhorns' 41-16 win over the Red Raiders last Thursday.
Edmond did not get up for several minutes and when he did, walked very gingerly to the locker room, needing the assistance of a couple of team trainers to get there. He is expected to return in time for spring practice next season.
Texas has been the victim of numerous injuries this season, especially at linebacker. Jordan Hicks suffered an early season-ending injury for the second straight year when he tore his Achilles tendon in the Longhorns' Big 12 opener against Kansas State while Demarco Cobbs has not played all year due to a knee injury he suffered last year. Tevin Jackson tore his ACL against Kansas last month and is also out for the season.