Missouri running back Kendial Lawrence breaks fibula

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 | 12:01 p.m. CDT; updated 12:27 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 6, 2011

COLUMBIA — Running back Kendial Lawrence has a broken fibula, the Missouri Athletics Department confirmed Tuesday after Gary Pinkel announced the news on two Kansas City radio stations earlier Tuesday morning.

Athletics Department spokesman Chad Moller said the fracture was of the fibula, which is the non-weight bearing bone of the lower leg, and that Lawrence could return in as soon as four weeks. When defensive end Aldon Smith suffered a similar injury last season, he returned exactly four weeks later.

Lawrence won the starting job in preseason camp, repeatedly breaking off big runs during the team's scrimmages, but after a subpar week one performance in which he gained just 10 yards on nine carries, Lawrence was listed as even with Henry Josey and De'Vion Moore on the depth chart for Friday's game at Arizona State.

Josey led the Tiger running backs with 43 yards on six carries against Miami (Ohio), and Moore added 25 yards on six carries.

If the Tigers look to a third back to share the load with Josey and Moore on Friday, the next player on the depth chart is redshirt freshman Greg White, who has yet to have a carry in his Missouri career.

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