Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkel talked publicly for the first time about quarterback James Franklin’s surgery to repair a torn labrum. Franklin had the surgery right before spring break, after a defensive player landed on Franklin’s shoulder as he was diving for a fumble.
“We’re expecting that he won’t miss any games, but to say that can’t happen, I can’t say that. We feel that he can get ready to play. We’ll have to wait and see what happens,” coach Pinkel said after Tuesday’s practice.
In other injury news, wide receiver L’Damian Washington suffered what Pinkel called “a mild concussion” after hitting his head on the turf in the middle of practice. He’ll be day to day. Pinkel said that running back Henry Josey will have the second of two knee surgeries the next couple of weeks to repair his ACL. Pinkel said Josey “has three years to play two and when he is ready to play, we’ll play him.” Don’t expect Josey in the lineup by the start of the season.