Defensive end Devonte Fields will undergo foot surgery and miss the rest of the 2013 season, as reported by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
After sitting out the LSU game and three quarters against Southeastern Louisiana as part of a suspension for violating unspecified team rules in May, Fields started against Texas Tech on Sept. 12 where he suffered a Jones fracture in his foot during the fourth quarter. Fields didn’t play Sept. 28 against SMU and played a few snaps Saturday against Oklahoma.
“He was great with it,” Patterson told the media on Wednesday. “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.”
Fields could have played more this more season but that would’ve eliminated the possibility of using a medical redshirt season, Patterson said. Former Frog defensive end Stansly Maponga suffered the same injury last season.
Fields , who was the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the year in 2012 and a former Arlington Martin High star, recorded four tackles in three games.
The surgery will insert a screw into the bone.
This story was updated on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 at 10:13 p.m.