August 31, 2015

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Missouri safety Cortland Browning and wide receiver Wesley Leftwich will miss the opener with injuries.

Browning has a hamstring problem and Leftwich is dealing with a knee issue.

Coach Gary Pinkel said Monday he thinks both players will return soon, probably in a week or two. Pinkel also said freshman wide receiver Johnathan Johnson would miss the season with an ankle injury that required surgery.

Browning is a redshirt freshman, and Leftwich, a senior, has the most experience at wide receiver.

The 24th-ranked Tigers, coming off consecutive SEC East titles, play Southeast Missouri State on Saturday.

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This story corrects Leftwich injury to a hamstring instead of a knee.

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