TCU suspends Waymon James

The news keeps getting worse for TCU.

Starting running back Waymon James has been suspended for an undisclosed violation of team rules. James has 242 rushing yards and four touchdowns. It's unclear how long James will be disciplined. TCU360.com earlier reported the suspension.

It has been a rough week in a rough season for the Horned Frogs. TCU blew a 17-3 lead to West Virginia before falling 30-27 in overtime Saturday.

Before the game, Brandon Carter, TCU's top returning receiver from last season, was granted a leave of absence. Coach Gary Patterson said after the game that he didn't know whether Carter would return to the team this season.

TCU (3-6, 1-5 Big 12) has been hit hard by injuries and defections all year. Defensive end Devonte Fields, the reigning AP defensive player of the year, had season-ending surgery on his foot a couple of weeks ago. Quarterback Casey Pachall missed five games with a broken forearm on his nonthrowing arm.

B.J. Catalon, who is the Horned Frogs' leading rusher, likely will see his workload increase with James' absence.

The Horned Frogs, who received first-place votes to win the Big 12 in the preseason, now have to win their remaining three games to qualify for a bowl.

TCU travels to Iowa State this weekend.