For De’Vion Moore, a high-ankle sprain meant early wake-up calls so the Missouri running back could get in four treatments a day from the team’s training staff.
“It got to a routine,” Moore said. “Just like, ‘Before you go to class, come in, get treatment. When you get out of class, come in, get treatment. Go grab something to eat before practice, you come in and get treatment. After practice, you come in and get treatment.' That’s just it, they stay with it constantly.”
Moore was back on the field for Missouri’s game against Nebraska Thursday. He had a three-yard run and a three-yard reception during Missouri’s first drive of the second quarter.
Moore, who was injured during the Illinois game, worked his way back to be ready to play Thursday against Nebraska. He often arrived at the team’s facilities around six a.m. and wasn’t finished for the day until six p.m. He played briefly during the Nevada game, but was pulled after a slight re-aggravation of his injury.
Fellow running back Derrick Washington said Sunday he was happy with how Moore looked in practice.
“He’s been itching to get back,” Washington said. “You can tell he’s been ready to go and he’s looked great. I’m looking forward to him coming back, I know he is. He can’t wait.”
After missing most of the Nevada game, Moore was able to return to full strength.
“It’s almost like it never even happened, almost,” Moore said after practice Sunday. “I’m out there, I’m making my moves and Coach always tell us, ‘Football is a game of reaction. You can’t be out there thinking about what you’re going to do.’ And I felt like an injury, something like that, that causes you to think a little bit about what you’re doing. (Head Athletic Trainer) Rex Sharp and them got it in a position where now it’s just all reaction.”
Although he got to the point of feeling better, Moore didn’t get to sleep in and avoid the treatment.
“You know what, that’s not how it works at all,” Moore said. “They say, ‘You’re healthy, now we’ve got to just work on making sure that it never happens again.' We do prevention stuff. You’ve got to increase your range of flexibility in your ankles, you’ve got to, overall you’ve just got to get your body healthy.”
Having Moore back, provides Missouri with three primary running options: Washington, Moore and sophomore Kendial Lawrence.
“It’s big,” linebacker Sean Weatherspoon said Sunday. “Any time you lose some starters, you want to get those guys back on the field. Because obviously they’ve been doing a great job or they wouldn’t be considered starters and co-starters. So we know what type of back De’Vion is and to get him going again against Nebraska would be big for us. He’s a change-of-pace back, he gets in there and he’ll kind of wow you with his moves.”