TCU's offensive attrition began before the season did when the Frogs lost offensive linemen Tayo Fabuluje and Michael Thompson. Then, for several weeks, starting quarterback Casey Pachall was out with a broken arm. Wide receiver Brandon Carter has also taken a leave of absence for personal reasons.
Now TCU will be without one of its running backs for the foreseeable future.
TCU Sports Information Department confirmed to both TCU360.com and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that running back Waymon James has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules. The exact nature of the violation wasn't revealed, and it's unknown how long James will be out. Head coach Gary Patterson has not commented on the suspension yet.
James' playing time was limited during the Frogs' overtime loss to West Virginia last Saturday, and he was benched for the first quarter against Texas for another violation of team rules.
James, a senior, is third on the team this year with 242 yards and four touchdowns. He led the team in 2011 with 875 yards and six touchdowns. In 2012, James had his season cut short because of a knee injury.
His loss, for however long, is tough since he had the second-highest number of touches among running backs this year. TCU's running game hasn't taken off in part because of offensive line problems and the fact that the Frogs have played from behind in a number of games.
If James misses any playing time, Nebraska transfer Aaron Green should be expected to see more touches along with Trevone Boykin, who has since moved from the quarterback spot with Pachall's return.