FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -TCU standout defensive end Tommy Blake was held out of the No. 22 Horned Frogs' season opener against Baylor on Saturday after two extended absences from the team.
Blake, a two-time All-Mountain West Conference selection and a top NFL prospect, had been away from the team on a medical leave with an undisclosed illness last week before rejoining the Frogs for their walkthrough Friday. He wasn't in uniform for the game.
Since missing five practices and a scrimmage when he left campus and went home for personal reasons in mid-August, Blake has practiced only three times.
Matt Panfil made his first career start at right end in Blake's spot. The junior played in all 13 games for the Frogs last season, mainly on special teams.
Blake, who led the Mountain West with seven sacks and 16 1/2 tackles for losses in 2006, is among nine returning starters for the TCU defense that was top three nationally in total defense, rushing and scoring.
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