Mizzou QB Franklin out for spring training season, shoulder injury

Quarterback James Franklin, wearing a red injury jersey, watches practice with backup quarterback Alex Demczak on Saturday, March 17, 2012.

Story by The Associated Press

Missouri quarterback James Franklin will undergo surgery on his right shoulder and miss the rest of spring practice, but he’s expected to be ready for the start of next season.

The junior threw for 2,865 yards and 21 touchdowns and ran for 981 yards and 15 TDs as a first-year starter in 2011. Franklin was injured last Tuesday during practice when he jumped on a fumble at the end of a play and a defender landed on his outstretched throwing arm. The injury was diagnosed as a sprained glenohumeral (GH) joint.

“We’re disappointed for James naturally,” said coach Gary Pinkel.

“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,” he said.

The surgery is set for Friday and a timetable for Franklin’s return will be determined following the procedure. The school had initially hoped Franklin would heal without surgery, but after further evaluation it was decided that repairing the damage would be in his best interest long term.

Redshirt freshman Corbin Berkstresser started in place of Franklin for the team’s first scrimmage on Saturday and was 10 for 25 for 105 yards.

Tackle Elvis Fisher, tailback Henry Josey and wide receiver L’Damian Washington also were out due to injuries.

Missouri’s spring game is April 14.

Information from MU Athletics was used in this report.

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