He will undergo surgery next week to repair a Jones fracture, according to the university. Ash, who will be a senior next season, is expected to be healthy for the start of fall camp in August. However, Jones fractures can prove to be trickier than a normal break.
A Jones fracture is often mistaken for a sprain or an avulsion fracture. This is why it's important to have your injury diagnosed as soon as possible. The area of the Jones fracture has a very small blood supply. Jones fractures disrupt that blood supply and can take much longer to heal, and may require surgery for treatment. It is also important to get a proper diagnosis, because a true Jones fracture often results in a non-union (the permanent failure of a bone to heal) if it is not identified and managed properly. [...]
For athletes, or those who incur an acute Jones fracture, surgery may be required. You may be given NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to reduce pain and swelling during the healing process. In most cases, rehabilitation can begin once the cast is removed, and you will gradually be able to resume your normal activities. Rehabilitation may take an additional two to three weeks.
Ash began last season as the Longhorns' starter, but he suffered a concussion against BYU in September. He then dealt with concussion-like symptoms after returning two weeks later against Kansas State. That would be the final snap he took in 2013, as Case McCoy became the starter.
Even with the concussion, Ash was expected to be fully healthy in time for spring practice. He was reportedly throwing the ball well under new coach Charlie Strong and was the frontrunner to be named the starter for 2014.
With Ash now on the mend, look for sophomore Tyrone Swoopes to get a majority of the remaining reps this spring. All eyes will be on him as the Longhorns play their annual spring game on April 19. Incoming freshman Jerrod Heard will also get a chance to show off what he can do once he arrives on campus in the summer.