X-rays negative on Texas QB McCoy; status uncertain

Updated: November 14, 2006, 12:39 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- X-rays on Texas quarterback Colt McCoy's injured right shoulder came back negative Saturday.

McCoy was hurt on a touchdown carry in the first quarter of the Longhorns' 45-42 loss to Kansas State on Saturday night.

"After the injury, Colt experienced shoulder weakness and neck pain," trainer Kenny Boyd said. "When evaluating injuries, we look for return of normal strength and a reduction of pain before putting a player back into the game. Colt wasn't released to play because his symptoms, including strength, did not improve."

The Longhorns will evaluate the redshirt freshman's progress this week as he recovers from what appears to have been a stinger.

"I'm really disappointed I wasn't able to be in there helping my teammates, but I'm going to be fine," McCoy said in a statement released by the team. "We have a great staff of trainers and doctors, and I've already started working with them to get my injury taken care of. The off-week couldn't come at a better time. I'll do everything it takes to get back."

Texas coach Mack Brown declined further comment on McCoy's status for the regular-season finale against Texas A&M on Nov. 24.

McCoy, who went up the middle from a yard out on fourth-and-goal to put Texas up 7-0, was buried under a pile of defenders on the play.

He was holding his right shoulder after the play and he later left the sideline.

McCoy, whose 27 touchdown passes this year are a school record and two shy of the NCAA freshman record, was replaced by freshman Jevan Snead.

Senior offensive guard Justin Blalock injured his left knee during the game and will also be evaluated during Texas' bye week.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.