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UPDATE: Houston coach Tom Herman said quarterback Greg Ward Jr. is expected to be back at practice on Wednesday after an MRI revealed “no structural damage” to the quarterback’s throwing shoulder.

Original Story: Houston surged to the forefront of the college football world on opening weekend, knocking off Oklahoma in a dominant and fun fashion at NRG Stadium in its hometown. The Cougars were flying around the field, aggressive on all sides of the ball and led through the contest by their dynamic star quarterback Greg Ward Jr.

Ward threw for 321 yards and two touchdowns in the win but appears to have suffered a setback that caused him to miss some of Sunday’s practice.

According to a team spokesman, Ward underwent an MRI on his throwing shoulder after experiencing some soreness stemming from the game. The Houston Chronicle first reported the examination.

Two pieces of good news before we all panic about the health of Ward:

  1. Per the Chronicle, coach Tom Herman did not seem concerned about the issue. “We think it’s muscular,” he said.
  2. Houston hosts Lamar on Saturday, so if there’s a game to lighten Ward’s workload, it’s coming up this weekend.

Ward has now led Houston to five consecutive wins against AP Top 25 competition, including back-to-back victories when facing some of the sport’s top-ranked talent in the 2015 Peach Bowl against Florida State and on Saturday against the Sooners.


Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Houston star QB Greg Ward Jr. (shoulder) expected back by Wednesday