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Several Missouri football players will miss first scrimmage

Monday, August 11, 2014 | 7:31 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Missouri football holds its first scrimmage of the season Tuesday, but several injured Tigers are likely to be watching from the sidelines.

As the second week of fall camp got underway Monday, a total of eight players sported red jerseys.

Four Tigers who nursed injuries during Week 1 of fall camp were limited in practice before Monday's session and are still banged up.

The new injuries include senior starting defensive tackle Matt Hoch (pectoral), sophomore starting linebacker Donavin Newsom (hamstring), sophomore receiver Eric Laurent (hamstring) and freshman linebacker Grant Jones (knee). All four players will be held out of Tuesday's scrimmage, according to the Missouri Athletics Department.

Team captain and senior starting safety Braylon Webb is still working through a shoulder injury as is fellow junior safety Cortland Browning. Sophomore tailback Morgan Steward is still bothered by a hip injury, and junior right tackle Connor McGovern continues to rehab his pectoral. The Missouri Athletics Department said these players will also be withheld from the scrimmage.

Of the eight injured Tigers, four are listed as starters coming out of spring practice.

When asked about the injuries, coach Gary Pinkel said that none of them were serious or season-ending, and he added that he was not concerned about the overall health of his team at this point.

The Tigers' first scrimmage is scheduled for 7:15 a.m. on Tuesday at Memorial Stadium. According to the Missouri Athletics Department, the "situational scrimmage" will allow the first, second and third-string squads to play 45 snaps apiece.

A second scrimmage is scheduled for Saturday at the end of Week 2, and the Tigers will hold their final scrimmage of fall camp on Aug. 21.

Supervising editor is Mark Selig.


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