LARAMIE -- The Wyoming Cowboys will take on the No. 5 team in the country without their starting quarterback.

Multiple sources close to the situation confirmed that Austyn Carta-Samuels did not make the flight to Fort Worth, Texas, this morning.

The university's sports information department e-mailed a news release this afternoon confirming the Star-Tribune's report.

Carta-Samuels, the reigning Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year, has started 14 straight games for the Cowboys after taking over the starting job four games into his true freshman season.

UW coach Dave Christensen closed practice to the media this week, but gave no indication why. The university also said today that football practices for the rest of the season will remain closed.

A voicemail left with Associate Athletics Director for Media Relations Tim Harkins prior to the team's departure, in an effort to seek comment from Christensen, has not been returned.

Carta-Samuels appeared to injure his hand during last Saturday's victory at Toledo, but Christensen said afterward that he was unaware of an injury and said on Monday that all of his players were expected to play against TCU.

Sources said Carta-Samuels wasn't cleared to play, indicating other injuries may be the cause of the decision.

Senior quarterback Dax Crum, who has not started a game since the 2008 season, will presumably step in as the starter against the Horned Frogs.

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