TCU WR Ty Slanina questionable to play vs. SMU

TCU wide receiver Ty Slanina is questionable to play this weekend against SMU, coach Gary Patterson said Tuesday.

Slanina missed the Horned Frogs’ game against Arkansas in Week 2 with an undisclosed injury. Patterson said he expects the senior wideout to be back for Week 4 against Oklahoma State, and he said Slanina “might”play against the Mustangs this week too.

“I don’t think [Slanina will be out] for a while,” Patterson said at his weekly press conference. “I think it’ll be questionable for this week, and for sure I think he’ll be back next week.”

Patterson has been cautious with injuries so far this season. He held starting running back Kyle Hicks out of the season opener with an undisclosed injury as well.

If Slanina is held out again, that would likely mean more targets for fellow slot receivers Desmon White, Shaun Nixon and KaVontae Turpin.

Slanina has missed significant time each of the past two seasons due to injuries. He only played in four games in 2015 after suffering a broken collarbone. He played in seven games in 2016.

The senior wide receiver had four catches for 24 yards in the season opener against Jackson State. He has 83 career receptions for 877 yards and 3 touchdowns.