HOUSTON -- The Texas Tech football team will be without cornerback Cornelius Douglas, defensive tackle Leon Mackey and linebacker Chris Payne for Friday's Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas, Tech spokesman Blayne Beal said. Acting head coach Chris Thomsen said two of the players missed practices this month in Lubbock without notifying coaches in advance, and said privacy laws prevented him discussing the other player's suspension. Douglas is a starter when healthy, though he missed games with a knee injury this season. Mackey is a backup defensive tackle, and Payne played almost exclusively on special teams. The Red Raiders started on-site bowl preparations Monday morning at Rice Stadium. Tech (7-5) faces Minnesota (6-6) at 8 p.m. Friday at Reliant Stadium.