Warren injury heightens Texas’ backfield issues

Texas Longhorns coach Tom Herman said running back Chris Warren suffered a concussion on Thursday and did not not play in Saturday’s scrimmage.

Warren has been expected to be the primary ballcarrier as the Longhorns replace 2016 Doak Walker winner D’Onta Foreman. Herman said Warren is going through the concussion protocol and is day-to-day, but it’s the latest in a string of injuries for the junior, who dealt with a hamstring injury during the spring and the mumps this summer.

Warren averaged 5.9 yards per carry while rushing for 366 yards through four games last season, but suffered season-ending knee injury against Oklahoma State.

“He was having a good camp,” Herman said, per the Dallas Morning News.

Herman said he wasn’t worried about the Longhorns’ backfield situation yet, although he said Daniel Young and Toniel Carter struggled during the scrimmage, and Kyle Porter is dealing with a shoulder injury.

“Am I concerned? No,” Herman said. “But again, the Chris Warren question, we’ve still got three weeks. If we’re sitting here a week from now and Chris isn’t practicing and Kyle is not practicing and Tristian (Houston) is not practicing, then I’ll be concerned. But right now, not yet because they’re minor things.”

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