Mizzou roster still healthy following first full-pads practice
The list of names with minor injury concerns grew by two Friday, but overall, Missouri’s roster holds tremendous health as the team steamrolls toward its season-opener Aug. 30.
- Senior captain Braylon Webb has been limited due to a shoulder injury, donning a red jersey during contact drills in what’s been described as a precaution. Fellow safety Cortland Browning apparently has suffered a shoulder sprain, which also kept him out of full-contact participation Friday. The safety spot could be a little thin during Tuesday’s scrimmage.
- The most significant injury Friday? Morgan Steward did something to his hip, which requires more evaluation. Coach Gary Pinkel made it seem like it’s nothing serious, so we’ll await word. Steward currently is in line for the backup running back job with converted running back Marcus Murphy looking more and more like the team’s fourth option at receiver.
- Starting right tackle Connor McGovern also is nursing a pectoral injury he suffered attempting a heavy bench press, though media reports indicate the team expects him ready for the regular season.
- Cornerback Raymond Wingo is an excused absence due to what is being described as a family issue.
Unless one of the injuries to Webb or McGovern becomes a nagging issue, or if Steward’s hip is more serious than Pinkel let on.
“Just a little bump as far as I know,” Pinkel said, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “And you know what, I’ve got 90 guys with little bumps.”
There are still plenty of practices left before the game against South Dakota State, including a few scrimmages or full-pads sessions. There are bound to be a few more bumps and bruises. But as of Aug. 8, the team is as healthy as Missouri fans could hope.