TCU expects Morris, Gray to return for Oklahoma State game

TCU football coach Gary Patterson said Thursday that right guard Patrick Morris and receiver Deante Gray have returned to practice during this week’s open date after battling recent injuries and are expected to play Nov. 19 against No. 17 Oklahoma State in Fort Worth. Morris is a starter and Gray is a regular part of the receiver rotation.

“Those are the two guys we’ll have back,” Patterson said when assessing how this week’s bye for the Horned Frogs (5-4, 3-3 in Big 12) will impact the roster from a health standpoint. “Patrick’s been out for a couple of weeks, so that will help.”

Patterson also said receiver/kick returner KaVontae Turpin, who has been limited in practice since returning from a knee injury sustained Sept. 17, is now a full-go in daily workouts. He also said defensive end Tipa Galeai, who was taken off the sideline on a stretcher and hospitalized during last week’s game at Baylor, “still isn’t back from his situation but I expect him to be back before the game next week” and at least be part of practices.

Replays showed Galeai, a Euless Trinity graduate, contacting a player with his head before collapsing on the sideline with a tingling sensation when he returned to the sideline. Galeai returned to the TCU football facility Sunday but has been held out of practices this week.

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