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Big-time NFL Prospect Devonte Fields Suspended by TCU

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Tom Pennington

NFL training camps are opening this week, and so too are college football summer camps. One player who won't be on the field is TCU defensive end Devonte Fields, a notable NFL Draft prospect.

Fields has been suspended from the team  while he's is being investigated for assault and threatening his ex-girlfriend with a gun, according to USA Today Sports.

Officers said 20-year-old Haley Brown's right check was swollen and she had a cut under her eye when they arrived at a Fort Worth home early Sunday. Police said no charges have been filed and Fields, the Big 12's preseason defensive player of the year, has not been arrested.

An emailed statement from TCU says the school doesn't tolerate harassment or misconduct by a student and that the allegations against Fields will be go through an internal discipline process while he is "separated" from the university.

Brown told officers that Fields used his hands to punch out a window in the house and started yelling at her. She said she thought Fields pointed a handgun at her before shouting, "I should blast you!"

At one time, Fields was viewed as an elite NFL Draft prospect and a future first-round pick. Fields won the Big 12 defensive player of the year award as a freshman when he racked up 10 sacks. He  took a medical redshirt in 2013 after suffering a foot injury.

Fields was the media's preseason pick for 2014 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, but this transgression could prevent him from ever taking the field this year.

The Bengals have a big question mark at defensive end heading into the 2014 NFL season. They could be in line for a DE high in the 2015 draft, and Fields would have certainly been on their radar if that were the case.

SB Nation's Dan Kadar had Fields among his Preseason 64 Watch List. SI's first 2015 mock draft had Fields going 31st-overall to the Denver Broncos.