Key defensive player for Frogs likely done for season

TCU has likely lost junior strong safety Innis Gaines for the rest of the season, coach Gary Patterson said on his radio show Thursday night.

Gaines will certainly not be available for Saturday’s game against Oklahoma.

He exited last Thursday’s game against Texas Tech in the second half, and was seen on the sidelines tending to his left leg. Patterson didn’t give an update during his news conference on Tuesday, but mentioned it during his weekly show with radio voice Brian Estridge.

“Innis Gaines is not going to play in this ballgame,” Patterson said on his show broadcast on 92.1 Hank FM. “He’s probably done for the season.”

Gaines posted on his Twitter account, @icg__, “I’ll be back stronger than ever I promise!”

It’s a big blow to a secondary unit that has been without free safety Niko Small the past two games against Iowa State and Texas Tech. Small exited with an undisclosed injury during the Texas game.

Gaines has been one of the most productive players on defense so far this season. He ranks second on the team in tackles for loss with 6.5, and is tied for second in tackles with 31. He also has six passes defended, one interception, one forced fumble, one sack and one quarterback hurry.

Redshirt freshman La’Kendrick Van Zandt is listed as second on the depth chart behind Gaines.

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