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James Franklin not expected to play against Kentucky

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As of a week ago, Missouri’s oft-injured quarterback James Franklin said that he planned to play this weekend against Kentucky.

It appears that plan has changed. Tigers coach Gary Pinkel said Monday that he does not anticipate Franklin playing against the Wildcats. Pinkel added that Franklin has been taking reps during practice, but has not been running.

Franklin’s been dealing with a shoulder issue that began in the spring and carried over into the regular season and then suffered a sprained MCL in a loss to Vanderbilt earlier this month.  That knee injury would ultimately sideline Franklin in another loss to Alabama.

Corbin Berkstresser has basically been the team’s starter this season, but has struggled in the last two games for Mizzou. In the past game and a half, Berkstresser has completed well under 50 percent of his passes (21-of-59) and has thrown two interceptions with just one touchdown.

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3 Responses to “James Franklin not expected to play against Kentucky”
  1. slk018 says: Oct 23, 2012 11:41 AM

    Does this guy have one ounce of toughness??
    Last time he had a boo boo (sore shoulder) he refused to play.
    I bet his teammates really respect him

  2. truefootballinsight says: Oct 23, 2012 12:37 PM

    If they lose to Kentucky, it should say something about ASU,
    Which should question Oregon’s schedule!
    Speaking of who the hell has Alabama played!?
    I’m so done with these fashion show polls.

  3. dcroz says: Oct 24, 2012 7:39 AM

    Missouri has been a huge disappointment in its first year in the SEC, and Franklin stands as a stark symbol of that. Like their erstwhile starting QB, Mizzou has shown little in the way of stamina or conditioning, getting pushed around by every SEC team they have faced…including Vandy. I’m not sure they could even beat Auburn right now, and their game against Kentucky is looking like is it going to be for the SEC East’s cellar. I thought they might actually contend for the division based on their Big XII play with a bounce of the football or two, and they talked a really good game, but they have shown little fight aside from the emotional first three quarters they played in their league debut against Georgia (speaking of underachievers…). They are really going to have to rethink their conditioning program in the offseason if they hope to avoid a similar season next year.

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