Now that James Franklin‘s painkiller episode is behind him (I think), both he and the Missouri Tigers can move forward. That starts with this Saturday’s game at South Carolina, and judging on the comments from coach Gary Pinkel, Franklin should be ready to go.
“We expect him to practice today – he was out of practice yesterday,” Pinkel said of Franklin Wednesday. “He wanted to throw yesterday, and the (training staff) wanted him to sit a day. so he’s going to go out and throw (today).
“He’s told me that he feels really good, so he’s almost symptom-free. We’re excited to have him back if he’s ready.”
Franklin has been nursing an inflamed bursa sac in his shoulder stemming from an injury he sustained during spring practice. Franklin, who does not take painkillers, chose not participate in last Saturday’s game against Arizona State (Missouri won 24-20). The decision caused a bit of a stir and there was some question about Franklin’s “want-to”, which Pinkel later downplayed.
(Hat tip: Kansas City Star)