TCU defensive end Devonte Fields to have foot surgery, out for season
TCU’s All-Big 12 defensive end Devonte Fields will have surgery on his injured foot and miss the rest of the 2013 season, the school announced Wednesday.
Fields, who will have a screw inserted in his foot, has played sparingly in TCU’s five games this season.
He sat out the opener against LSU and played just one quarter against Southeastern Louisiana while he served part of a two-game suspension for breaking team rules. He did not play Sept. 28 against SMU and played limited snaps against Oklahoma.
Fields led the Big 12 as a freshman last season with 18.5 tackles for a loss, and was named the conference’s defensive player of the year.
“He was great with it,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “It’s hard for him because he’s frustrated because he hasn’t played to the level he can because of his foot and everything else going on. I think it’s a win-win situation for us. It gives him three years left to play and allows him to get older and stronger and get that foot fixed right.”
Patterson said Fields would apply for a medical redshirt for this season.