Missouri quarterback James Franklin will miss up to six weeks with a Grade 2 shoulder separation, according to CBSSports.com’s Bruce Feldman.
#Mizzou QB James Franklin is expected to be out for at least the next 6 wks, probably longer w a Grade 2 shoulder separation, per source.
— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) October 12, 2013
Franklin injured his shoulder during a four-yard run during the start of the fourth quarter. Backup quarterback Maty Mauk took over with the Tigers leading 28-20. A trick pass from Bud Sasser to L’Damian Washington turned into a 40-yard touchdown that gave Missouri a comfortable 34-20 lead.
Franklin was having a pretty good day before getting injured. He completed 18 of 27 completions for 170 yards and one touchdown.
Missouri improved to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in SEC play, but their schedule remains tougher. Missouri has back-to-back home games against Florida next Saturday and South Carolina on Oct. 26.
The Tigers face Tennessee on Nov. 2, following a road trip to Kentucky on Nov. 9. They will also travel to Ole Miss on Nov. 23 after their bye week and will host Johnny Manziel and the Aggies on Nov. 30. If Franklin’s shoulder shows positive progression, he could possibly be back for the Ole Miss game.