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Missouri's James Franklin to have shoulder surgery

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer

Here's some news you never want to hear about your team's starting quarterback: Missouri's James Franklin will have to undergo surgery on his throwing shoulder the school announced on Monday. Franklin injured the shoulder trying to recover a fumble during practice last week.

“We're disappointed for James naturally,” said head coach Gary Pinkel in a release. “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 number one offense, and we'll look at that as a positive."

When Franklin originally hurt his shoulder the diagnosis was that he'd be back before the end of spring practice, but this obviously changes things quite a bit. The injury was originally diagnosed as a sprained glenohumeral (GH) joint, and after further evaluation the team decided that Franklin's long-term health would be better off if he were to undergo surgery on the shoulder.

Franklin is expected to be recovered in time to return to the field in time for the regular season. He'll have the procedure on Friday.

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