There’s a reason a high-ankle sprain is ofttimes described as “dreaded,” and Nate Brown — along with Missouri’s offense — could potentially find out why.
First-year Mizzou head coach Barry Odom announced Wednesday that Brown sustained such an injury to his ankle. As a result, the prognosis for the wide receiver’s return is officially at 6-8 weeks.
The vagaries of the recovery time for such an injury make it a possibility that Brown could be back in a couple of weeks or even a month, or he could be sidelined for the entire season.
Should Brown be out for six weeks, he’d likely miss the first four games of he season against West Virginia, Eastern Michigan, Georgia and Delaware State. The long end of the initial prognosis would have Brown missing those four games plus one against LSU, returning against Florida Oct. 15 coming off a bye weekend.
Regardless of how long or how many games it ultimately turns out to be, Brown’s loss will be a significant one for a Tigers’ passing attack that struggled mightily with the receiver in the lineup last season.
Brown led the Tigers with four receiving touchdowns in 2015. His 27 catches for 326 yards were both second on the team. Alongside leading receiver in 2015 J’Mon Moore (29-350-3), Brown was expected to be a starter; with Brown out, Odom will fall back on a group that’s both extremely young and very inexperienced.