Any sliver of hope for both Henry Josey and Missouri that the running back would make a miraculous recovery from a devastating injury and play for the Tigers in 2012 has officially been dashed.
In mid-November of last year, Josey suffered what a Mizzou team surgeon described as a “one-in-a-million injury” against Texas, tearing the ACL and MCL in his left knee as well as rupturing the patellar tendon. Monday, head coach Gary Pinkel confirmed what’s been sadly obvious since the time of the injury.
While Josey was running during a practice session Sunday, Pinkel announced that the true junior will not play at all during the 2012 season. Josey did not redshirt during his first two years with the Tigers, so he would have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2013.
The news comes just a couple of weeks after Josey said he thought he had “a good chance” to play this season.
At the time of the injury, which came during the 10th game of the year, Josey was fifth in the country averaging 127.7 yards rushing per game, while his 8.6 yards per attempt were good for second behind Houston’s Charles Sims (8.8).
Kendial Lawrence, whose broken fibula early on last season opened the door for Josey’s insertion into the starting lineup, is listed as the No. 1 back on Mizzou’s final preseason depth chart. Lawrence ended the 2011 season third on the Tigers in rushing behind Josey and quarterback James Franklin with 566 yards and five touchdowns.