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Texas football news: QB Shane Buechele hurt but may play through it

The Texas Longhorns are not back. Despite bringing in Tom Herman to coach the team with all the hoopla surrounding a theoretical reboot of George Romero’s “… Of The Dead” franchise, Texas lost to the Maryland Terrapins to start its season.

Now, even more bad news has hit the market. According to Herman, starting quarterback Shane Buechele suffered a bruise shoulder in the team’s loss to the Terps.

The good news is that, if possible, the signal-caller will play this weekend.

Buechele finished the game against Maryland despite the injury. By the time it was all said and done, he was 34-of-52 for 375 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Unfortunately, he then woke up in pain on Sunday.

True freshman Sam Ehlinger is expected to take the first team reps at practice on Tuesday.

However, Herman said that if Buechele can play, he will play.

”The doctors have said that rest is the best option right now and just to keep evaluating it every 24 hours or so,” Herman said, via the San Antonio Express-News.

A fun side-note does come out of this entire fiasco. Wide receiver Jerrod Heard will take reps as the Longhorns’ second-string quarterback this week in case of emergency.

If that sounds somewhat familiar, it should. Heard was the starting quarterback at Texas for most of the 2015 season. He wasn’t awful, either. He connected on 92-of-159 passes (good for 57.9 percent) for 1,214 yards with five touchdowns and five interceptions.

Heard moved to wide receiver last season. Herman, considered an offensive genius by many, has retained a package at quarterback for him.