One of the top defensive linemen in the country entering the 2013 season, Devonte Fields has been anything but stellar through the first few weeeks.
Fields was suspended for the first two games of the season for violating unspecified team rules this offseason. His first full game was the Week 3 Big 12 opener against Texas Tech… and it appears it may be his last for a while.
TCU head coach Gary Patterson, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported, confirmed Friday that Fields will not play in Saturday’s game against SMU. The defensive end injured his foot in the loss to the Red Raiders two weeks ago.
While Patterson gave no timeline for a return, sources told the Star-Telegram that Fields suffered a broken foot. Such an injury suggests an absence that will extend beyond a single game.
The continued absence of Fields will most certainly have an adverse effect on the Horned Frogs’ defense the longer he’s sidelined.
In 2012, Fields was named by the coaches as the Big 12′s Freshman Defensive Player of the Year while the Associated Press selected him as the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year.
Fields started all 13 games last season, leading the Horned Frogs in tackles for loss (18.5) and sacks (10). He was first in the Big 12 at 1.42 tackles for loss per game and third in the league with 0.77 sacks per game