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TCU defensive end Blake returns, but status remains uncertain

FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU standout defensive end Tommy Blake
returned to practice Sunday night after missing the No. 22 Horned
Frogs' 27-0 season-opening victory over Baylor.

While Blake took part in the team's hour-long light workout,
coach Gary Patterson said Blake's status for Saturday night's game
at No. 4 Texas was still uncertain. The Horned Frogs have Monday
off before getting back on the practice field Tuesday.

Doctors didn't clear Blake to play in the opener after he was
away on a medical leave with an undisclosed illness last week,
though he returned in time to go through Friday's walkthrough and
it appeared he might play. The defensive end also missed five
practices and a scrimmage in mid-August when he went home for
personal reasons.

Patterson said Blake could play against Texas if doctors clear
him and "if I think everything's OK. It's my job to judge and make
sure it's in the best interest in the team and the best interest in
him too.''

The two-time All-Mountain West Conference selection and top NFL
prospect watched the Baylor game from a patio outside of
Patterson's office above the end zone.

Blake isn't the only Horned Frog who is uncertain to play against Texas. Running back Aaron Brown, who has a leg injury, is listed as doubtful. Brown had five carries for 27 yards against Baylor.

Even without Blake, the MWC leader with seven sacks and 16½ tackles for losses last season, the Frogs had their first
season-opening shutout since 1971. They had four interceptions,
three in the second half when Baylor had only 78 yards -- after 204
yards before halftime.

Information from The Associated Press is included in this report