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Missouri quarterback James Franklin to have surgery on right shoulder

Monday, March 19, 2012 | 5:00 p.m. CDT; updated 5:51 p.m. CDT, Monday, March 19, 2012
Quarterback James Franklin runs the ball in the third quarter of the Independence Bowl at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, La. Missouri beat North Carolina 41-24.

COLUMBIA — Missouri quarterback James Franklin will have surgery on his right shoulder after he injured it in practice last Tuesday.

Franklin suffered a sprained glenohumeral (GH) joint in practice when a teammate fell on his arm as he was recovering a fumble. The surgery will be on Friday, and Franklin will miss the rest of spring practices, including the Black and Gold spring game on April 14. He is expected to be back for the start of the 2012 season. 

"We're disappointed for James naturally," Tigers coach Gary Pinkel said in a statement. "But this is absolutely the right thing to do, and we all know he'll be in great hands, as we have the best doctors and trainers in the nation. James has an outstanding work ethic, and he'll be able to get past this setback just fine. We expect him to be 100 percent and ready to go for the season. Until then, our younger guys will benefit from more reps and more work with the No. 1 offense, and we'll look at that as a positive."

Franklin threw for 2,865 yards and 21 touchdowns and ran for 981 yards and 15 touchdowns last season, when he was a sophomore starter. The Tigers went 8-5.


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