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TCU LB Sammy Douglas out for year, DE James McFarland may follow

TCU starting linebacker Sammy Douglas will miss the rest of the season after suffering an undisclosed injury in the Horned Frogs' opener at Minnesota, coach Gary Patterson announced Tuesday. Patterson noted that defensive end James McFarland is also "close" to being done for the year after sitting out the opener with a foot injury.

Both injuries are a blow to a TCU defense that graduated five All-Big 12 players off last year's 12-1 team.

Douglas was TCU's most experienced returning linebacker, and McFarland led the Horned Frogs in 2014 with seven sacks.

With Douglas out, the Horned Frogs will lean heavily on a pair of freshman linebackers. True freshman Mike Freeze started against Minnesota alongside Douglas and finished with seven tackles. Redshirt freshman Ty Summers replaced Douglas on the second series.

TCU is far more experienced at defensive end, with seniors Terrell Lathan and Mike Tuaua both starting last year.

This weekend against Stephen F. Austin, the Horned Frogs also expect to be without defensive tackle Davion Pierson again; Pierson, a three-year starter, sat out the game at Minnesota.