Missouri LB Gooden out for game vs. UCF

By the Associated Press

Mizzou linebacker Zaviar Gooden avoids a facemask penalty as he drags Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein to the ground in 2011. Photo by Nick Gerhardt.

Missouri linebacker Zaviar Gooden re-injured his hamstring Saturday against South Carolina and will not play in this Saturday’s game at Central Florida.

Gooden originally strained his hamstring against No. 5 Georgia on Sept. 8 and sat out the following week against Arizona State. The senior then started at No. 6 South Carolina before being pulled in the first quarter.

Coach Gary Pinkel said Monday that Gooden merely “tweaked” his hamstring, and did not strain it again. The team is holding him out as a precaution. Junior Donovan Bonner is scheduled to start instead.

In three games, Gooden has one interception, which he returned 20 yards in the opener against Southeastern Louisiana for a touchdown. Bonner, in relief of Gooden, has one interception which he returned for 13 yards and three forced fumbles.

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