Missouri QB Franklin to have shoulder surgery
Columbia, MO (Sports Network) - Missouri junior quarterback James Franklin will undergo surgery to repair his injured right shoulder.
Franklin will miss the remainder of spring camp, but is expected to be ready for the start of the 2012 season, the university announced on Monday.
The injury occurred last Tuesday in practice when Franklin jumped on a fumble at the end of a play.
Initially, surgery was not included in the diagnosis. However, after further evaluation, it was decided that repairing the injury surgically was in Franklin's best interests long-term.
Franklin threw for 2,865 yards and 21 touchdowns and ran for 981 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2011 as a first-year starter.
"We're disappointed for James naturally," said Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel. "But this is absolutely the right thing to do, and we all know he'll be in great hands, as we have the best doctors and trainers in the nation. James has an outstanding work ethic, and he'll be able to get past this setback just fine. We expect him to be 100 percent and ready to go for the season. Until then, our younger guys will benefit from more reps and more work with the number one offense, and we'll look at that as a positive."
A timetable for his return to throwing will be determined following the procedure on Friday.
03/19 18:33:25 ET