Douglas, a junior, left Thursday’s 23–17 victory over Minnesota on the second series after assisting on two tackles. Redshirt freshman Ty Summers replaced him and Patterson said he should continue do so moving forward. Freshman Mike Freeze started alongside Douglas on Saturday.
Douglas is TCU’s most experienced linebacker; every other listed on the roster is a sophomore or younger. He appeared in all 13 games last season, recording 17 tackles (one for loss) and one sack. He also tied for the team lead with eight special teams tackles.
Patterson also said that defensive end James McFarland could also be done for the season. McFarland’s status was not confirmed, although he missed Thursday’s season opener with foot problems. McFarland led TCU with seven sacks last season and tied for the team lead with three forced fumbles. He also ranked second with 12 tackles for loss, and was named the Defensive Most Valuable Player in TCU’s Peach Bowl win over Ole Miss after recording four tackles, one sack and one interception.
- Mike Fiammetta