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There’s some bad news coming out of TCU head coach Gary Patterson’s weekly press conference. Linebacker Sammy Douglas is done for the season, and James McFarland is out for an extended amount of time as well.

The loss of Douglas is a blow to a linebacker group short on depth. As a junior he’s the most experienced player at the position. He played in all 13 games last season, and is the Horned Frog’s best pass rusher.

The extent of just how much time McFarland will miss is a little more unclear. He missed the opener against Minnesota with a reported foot problem. There are indications he could be done for the season as well, but that’s uncertain. In any case it looks like he’ll miss a significant amount of time.

The extended loss of McFarland is also significant. Last season he was named the Defensive Most Valuable Player of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl after intercepting a pass in the end zone against Ole Miss. The defensive end was a force all season. He totalled 41 tackles, included 29 solo tackles. It’s a lot of production coach Patterson is now tasked with¬†finding elsewhere.

TCU will get a couple of weeks to find some answers with SF Austin and SMU at home before entering Big 12 play on the road in Lubbock.

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