COLUMBIA – Missouri men’s basketball coach Mike Anderson announced Thursday morning that forward Justin Safford has a torn left ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), according to a release from the Missouri athletics department. The junior went down with the injury after landing awkwardly following a layup during Missouri’s win against Colorado last night.
The release said Safford will be reassessed next week, when treatment options will be determined.
After jumping to catch a long pass and making a layup in the first half, Safford fell to the ground as he landed. He laid on the floor clutching his left knee and gritted his teeth as he rolled back and forth. After about a minute, Safford was helped up by Missouri trainer Pat Beckmann and gingerly walked to the locker room with his arms draped around two sets of shoulders.
Safford returned to the bench shortly after, walking on his own power. But the injury turned out to be as serious as it looked.