The Oklahoma State Cowboys will be without a key linebacker for the rest of the day on Saturday as the team takes on the Texas Longhorns in a game that is currently at halftime. The Cowboys lead at the break now soured by an injury that could shift the tides for the second half as the No. 22 ranked Longhorns look to shake off a second quarter meltdown.
Cowboys’ senior linebacker Jordan Burton trotted off to the sidelines with what looked like a potential shoulder injury in the second quarter. Burton was eventually reported as headed to the locker room as a result of a stinger, according to Cowboys’ reporter Mark Cooper of Tulsa World.
The linebacker has been crucial to the Cowboys’ defense since Oklahoma State recruited him out of junior college as a safety-turned-linebacker project. 63 solo tackles and 3.5 sacks in 2015 turned Burton into a household name in Stillwater as one of the Cowboys top defensive players.
This season has also been a successful campaign for Burton as the senior had an interception last week and already has 20 solo tackles. With NFL Draft hopes, the hope for both the Cowboys as well as the player is that he just has a minor stinger and won’t miss much time.
Oklahoma State currently holds a 37-25 halftime lead over the Longhorns as Burton will not return to action on Saturday. According to an update from Cooper, Burton has officially been ruled out for the remainder of the contest against Texas.