Texas defense takes hit with LB Edwin Freeman out 6-8 weeks

Shoulders are becoming enemy No. 1 for the Texas Longhorns. Safety Jason Hall was knocked out of Saturday’s game with a shoulder injury, and now linebacker Edwin Freeman is expected to miss six to eight weeks with a shoulder injury, he told the Austin American-Statesman.

The Longhorns’ defense is already a hurting bunch, not just physically, but in its overall performance after last year’s unit served as the backbone of the team.

Freeman told the Statesman’s Ryan Autullo that he will have X-rays taken of his shoulder to determine if he will need surgery.

Freeman is the first backup in the game when Texas plays two linebackers, which has done for a majority of plays. When it goes into a three-linebacker alignment, he is listed as the starting weakside linebacker. Freeman has seven tackles on the season and forced a fumble in the win over Rice.

Interestingly, it was Freeman who fell to the ground with an apparent fake injury to prevent a penalty as Cal was set to snap it from inside the Texas 5-yard line.

Texas is already thin at linebacker because senior Dalton Santos was lost for the year after having ankle surgery.

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(h/t SB Nation)