August 13, 2007

The 40 Acres Report: How long will Harris be out?

QUARTERBACK SHUFFLE

The big storyline of Monday was the knee injury of back-up quarterback Sherrod Harris, and Mack Brown spent much of his post-practice meeting with the media discussing how the team plans to handle the injury.

Harris, who suffered a strain of the media collateral ligament, is expected to be out for at least a few weeks, but Brown said the staff is hopeful that Harris will be back by the first of September.

"He should have a full recovery," Brown said. "We're hoping he'll be back before the season starts."

In the meantime, true freshman John Chiles will slide into the second-team quarterback role, with fellow true-freshman G.J. Kinne taking the third-team snaps. Before Harris' injury, he and Chiles were splitting the second-team reps evenly, and the feeling among most insiders was that Harris had the inside track for the second spot on the depth chart. Whether or not the missed practice time for Harris will change things remains to be seen.

With Harris being unavailable for a while, it could put a dent in the plans of potentially redshirting Chiles. Brown said on Monday that no decision had been made on whether or not Chiles would see action in 2007, and that decision will not be finalized until the team begins preparations for the season opener.

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