TCU LB won't miss start of 2010 season

FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU linebacker Tank Carder, the Horned Frogs' leading returning tackler, underwent successful arthroscopic shoulder surgery and will not miss the start of fall camp in August.

The second-team All-Mountain West Conference selection injured his shoulder during spring practice. Coach Gary Patterson initially feared that Carder might miss the start of the 2010 season, but that will not be the case, according to the TCU media relations department.

Carder, a junior-to-be, finished second in tackles last season with 89 -- 19 more stops than the next-closest Horned Frog. Sophomore-to-be Tanner Brock is projected to start alongside Carder. Linebacker Kris Gardner, who will be a junior, also was held out of spring workouts with a shoulder/arm injury.

TCU is coming off a breakthrough season, going 12-0 before losing to Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl, the Horned Frogs' first appearance in a BCS bowl game. TCU finished No. 6 in both major polls.

Jeff Caplan covers colleges for ESPNDallas.com. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.