Fields, a first team All-Big 12 selection as a freshman in 2012, will miss the season opener against LSU at Cowboys Stadium as well as the Horned Frogs' home opener against Southeastern Louisiana after violating an unspecified team policy.
Fields led the conference with 18.5 tackles for a loss last season, recording 10 sacks on his way to being named Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year. While his absence might not be felt as much against Southeastern Louisiana, the Horned Frogs' defense will miss his playmaking ability in the primetime showdown against LSU.
The news does come as a pleasant surprise for LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger. The Tigers' second-year starter will no longer have to worry about Fields coming off the edge as the unit takes the field for the first time under the direction of new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.
TCU was not favored when the first offshore lines for opening weekend were released -- LSU was a six-point favorite according to 5Dimes.com -- but the game is winnable for a young Horned Frogs team that returns 15 starters from last year's team. There is plenty of young talent on TCU's roster, but few players are as valuable to the team's success as Fields.