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Report: Missouri QB James Franklin out at least six weeks with separated shoulder

James Franklin was integral to Missouri's upset over Georgia, but re-injured his throwing shoulder. (Todd Kirkland/Icon SMI)James Franklin was integral to Missouri's win, but he re-injured his throwing shoulder. (Todd Kirkland/Icon SMI)

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For as great as Missouri's win over Georgia was, the loss of quarterback James Franklin will be equally as rough on the Tigers. According to CBS's Bruce Feldman, Franklin suffered a shoulder separation and will miss at least the next six weeks.

A suddenly healthy Missouri team was putting up points in bunches and sprinted out to a 7-0 start, including Saturday's win over the Bulldogs. Franklin was completing over 67 percent of his passes with a 14:3 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He also had 290 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the ground. It's a bad break for Missouri, which finally got Franklin and running back Henry Josey operating at full speed for the first few weeks of this season.

Freshman Maty Mauk, brother of Ben Mauk, the former Wake Forest and Cincinnati quarterback, will presumably start. He came in after Franklin went out of the game and was 3-of-3 for 23 yards. Mauk has a decent skillset, but there will most undoubtably be a dropoff in offensive efficiency  without the Tigers' senior leader. Missouri has back-to-back home games coming up against Florida and South Carolina.

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