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James Franklin nearly ‘symptom-free’, will resume throwing in practice

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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) 

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8 Responses to “James Franklin nearly ‘symptom-free’, will resume throwing in practice”
  1. southernpatriots says: Sep 19, 2012 9:05 PM

    It is great to hear that James will be ready to play this Saturday. Missouri will need James and all the players they have when they meet the Gamecocks. The SEC schedule does not get easier for any team, it seems.

    It is also good to have read many comments of Coach Pinkel since his first comments and see that he has backed off from what he originally said about James. “Coachitis” is catching and most coaches have that from time to time, but it only lasts about 24 hours.

  2. clemsonstillsucks says: Sep 19, 2012 10:34 PM

    Building on Southernpatriots’ post, good to hear Franklin is reported healthy and (hopefully) ready to play.

    I’m looking forward to a great game this weekend…should be interesting to say the least. Go Cocks!

  3. tigersgeaux says: Sep 19, 2012 10:41 PM

    Good news! I echo southernpatriots’ post also, and add the Missouri Tigers need all they can bring to South Carolina.

    The SEC East seems to be in a resurgence. The West has been tough and now the East, wow. South Carolina is a big part of that.

  4. rsmeans says: Sep 19, 2012 11:59 PM

    Well if Franklin thinks it is tough to play against Florida when Alabama comes he will be totally disabled.

  5. slk018 says: Sep 20, 2012 8:27 AM

    Symptoms?? What symptoms? Vaginitis?? He had soreness and missed a conference game!
    Miss practice every day if you need to, as long as you can go on Saturday!
    This guy is SOFT and doesnt acre about his teammates…
    I know all you will disagree but that is bc you never played sports at a high level, and are part of the wussification of America

  6. txtiger2 says: Sep 20, 2012 11:36 PM

    slk018 Need to get your facts correct. It was not a conference game!! Some mighty tough words for a person you evidently don’t know. Need to let it go and move on!!!

  7. 2ndaryinsanity says: Sep 23, 2012 9:18 AM

    I can’t help but laugh when someone here accuses a football player of being soft. You’re sitting at your computer, eating Fritos and dreaming of the good old days when you were a bad_ _ _ high school jock.
    We’ve become a nation of pill poppers, and I think this young man should be commended for staying true to his beliefs/principles.

  8. southernpatriots says: Sep 23, 2012 9:46 AM

    2nddaryinsanity:

    I completely agree. If you are insane, I am also.

    His coach backed off his initial remarks, which I attribute to coachitis.

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