During the fourth quarter of a blowout win in the Big 12 Championship Game, star Texas Longhorns wide receiver Xavier Worthy suffered an injury. The Texas Longhorns, hoping to earn its first College Football Playoff berth, made an emphatic statement against Oklahoma State.
But will Worthy be available for a potential College Football Playoff or New Year’s Six Bowl Game?
Update: Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian told ESPN’s Molly McGrath after the game that Worthy’s X-rays are negative, “so he’ll be okay.”
Xavier Worthy Injury Status
With 13 minutes left in the fourth quarter and up 42-14, Texas continued to air it out against their suffering foes. Catching his sixth pass of the day, Worthy was tackled near the sideline. After the tackle, Worthy grabbed at his left lower leg, possibly hinting toward an ankle injury.
He was tended to on the sideline as he was in great pain. Eventually, he was helped off the field and into the locker room, requiring two trainers to help him walk.
Xavier Worthy is down on the play.
If he’s really injured this will be a BIG loss. pic.twitter.com/56oM57c6As
— Nash (@NashTalksTexas) December 2, 2023
Worthy had certainly made his impact on the game up until the injury. He had racked up 86 yards, including a 56-yarder that would have been a touchdown had the edge of his foot not barely landed out of bounds.
The All-American playmaker entered the game with 67 receptions, 883 yards, and five touchdowns. The projected first-round pick has been a key figure for the Longhorns all year, relying on his speed and playmaking as a receiver, passer, and return man.
UPDATE: Worthy emerged from the locker room midway through the fourth quarter on crutches. Texas as a program doesn’t release player injury information during a game, so no status update was immediately given. However, with Worthy emerging on crutches, it appears doubtful that he’d be ready with any quick turnaround.
The news will now center around the Longhorns’ postseason status and whether or not we’ll see Worthy again.
We’ll continue to update this article as more information is made available.