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Projected starter one of two Mizzou O-lineman lost for undisclosed period

Gary Pinkel AP

Missouri is getting bad news at one of the worst possible times.

According to a release from the school, Travis Ruth, a projected starter along the offensive line, tore his left triceps tendon and will undergo surgery Thursday. Additionally, redshirt freshman Taylor Chappell tore the ACL in his left knee and will also undergo surgery in the near future.

While the release did not say the two linemen were done for the year, there is no timetable for their return. Ruth had seven starts at center in 2011 and was expected to start at left guard this year. Chappell entered preseason practices as the team’s backup right tackle, but was taking most of the first-string snaps because starter Justin Britt has been out with a foot injury.

Quarterback James Franklin appears ready to go after offseason shoulder surgery, but given the hits along the offensive line, protecting Franklin could still be a concern for coach Gary Pinkel (pictured).

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4 Responses to “Projected starter one of two Mizzou O-lineman lost for undisclosed period”
  1. ugabugkiller says: Aug 8, 2012 2:42 PM

    Do y’all hear that?

    I think it’s a dinner bell ringing for Jarvis Jones, the best defensive player in all of college football, and his friends John Jenkins, Kwame Geathers, Alex Ogletree and the rest of the Georgia front seven to get ready for their feast on an undersized mobile QB.

    Anyone thinking this beatdown won’t be as bad as the Hawaii Sugar Bowl in 2008 is blind, deaf, and dumb.

    It won’t matter who in the UGA secondary is suspended, because James Franklin, much like Colt McCoy 4 years ago, won’t have a prayer, and probably won’t make it through the game on his own two feet.

    It’s gonna be ugly, folks. Unless you’re wearing Red & Black, it’s gonna be REAL ugly.

  2. ugabugkiller says: Aug 8, 2012 2:43 PM

    G-D iPhone autocorrect!!!

    *Alec Ogletree, not Alex.

  3. ugabugkiller says: Aug 8, 2012 2:50 PM

    The second mistake is all my dummy fault:

    Of course I meant Colt BRENNAN, not McCoy.

  4. cowbulls says: Aug 8, 2012 7:18 PM

    I agree with ugabugkiller except Alec won’t be feasting on anybody until week 5.

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