There's still nearly half-a-year before the start of the 2019 season, but the injuries have been mounting fast for the Texas Longhorns. This past week of practice saw two more defensive players sidelined for the foreseeable future.
According to Burnt Orange Nation, defensive back B.J. Foster is now out indefinitely with a concussion. Safety Cade Sterns underwent knee surgery for patellar tendinitis and is now out six to eight weeks.
Foster had 43 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and an interception in his freshman season with the Longhorns. Sterns had 62 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, a sack, and four interceptions en route to the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year award.
The team is already slated to be without senior safety Brandon Jones, who is expected to miss just about all of Spring practices as he recovers from ankle surgery.
The injuries leave the Texas secondary increasingly thin as far as experienced players go.
On the bright side, the extended absences for the three players could see some of the team's freshmen get increased reps in the Spring and Summer.
Texas secured several four-star players for the secondary in the Class of 2019, but they are not among the group of players that have enrolled early. The healthy guys in the defensive backfield will get plenty of looks this spring.