Thanks to one injury, TCU will take significant hits in two areas for the foreseeable future.
Head coach Gary Patterson allowed Tuesday that KaVontae Turpin will be sidelined indefinitely because of an unspecified injury sustained in the Week 3 win over Iowa State. There is, though, speculation making the rounds that the wide receiver/return specialist sustained a torn posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in one of his knees.
Surgery on the ligament would likely sideline Turpin for at least six months, effectively ending his season. Fortunately for both the player and the program, it doesn’t look as if a medical procedure will be necessary as the Fort Worth Star-Telegram writes that “[a]person close to the team said the injury does not appear to require surgery, which could mean Turpin is back after four to six weeks.”
If Turpin were to be sidelined for four weeks, he’d miss games against SMU (Sept. 23), Oklahoma (Oct. 1) and Kansas (Oct. 8) — TCU has a bye Oct. 15. At the long-end of that prognosis, he’d also miss games against West Virginia (Oct. 22) and Texas Tech (Oct. 29), returning for the Baylor game Nov. 5.
Turpin currently leads the Horned Frogs in receptions (16) and receiving yards (196). He also leads the country in punt returns (28.8 average on four returns) and is fifth in kick returns (32.8 average on five returns).
One of those punt returns he took back for a touchdown.