NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 24: Tail back Henry Josey #20 of the Missouri Tigers rushes up field during the second half against the Oklahoma Sooners on September 24, 2011 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Missouri 38-28. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Henry Josey Injury Update: Missouri Will Sit Out 2012 Season

Gary Pinkel recently said the running back would be a "stretch" to play this season.

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Henry Josey Injury Update: Out For Season Withi Triple Tear Of ACL, MCL, Patella Tendon

The early word on Henry Josey’s injury from yesterday’s Missouri win over Texas 17-5 is that they’ve lost their star running back for the season. In a year where the breakout back was leading the Big 12 in rushing and averaging an NCAA high 8.6 yards per carry, Josey’s stock was sailing high. One play later and now everyone has to hope that proper rehab can help him return to form.

The word from Howard Richards, Missouri color commentator, is that the injury is a triple tear within his knee. He writes, "Just heard news about Tigers’ Henry Josey. Triple tear—ACL, MCL, patellar tendon. Devastating injury. Please keep him in your prayers.”

Mike DeArmond of the Kansas City Star confirmed the report that he’s out for the season and had words from Gary Pinkel after the game.

“I really feel bad for Henry,” said the Missouri coach. “Obviously, our whole football team does. Whatever happens, even if he has to have surgery, or whatever, we’ve got the best people to take care of him and we’ll get him back 100 percent.”

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Henry Josey Injury Update: Tigers Running Back Tears ACL, MCL, Patella Tendon, Out For Season

The rumors were already running rampant that Henry Josey, the star running back of the Missouri Tigers and leading rusher in the Big 12, was likely out for the season. Post-game reports from the Tigers upset win over the Texas Longhorns confirmed that Josey’s season was over and yet the official results were still unknown. However, it’s now clear the injury to Josey’s left knee is worse than anyone could have believed.

According to Howard Richards via Twitter, the injury is triple fold. He writes, “Just heard news about Tigers’ Henry Josey. Triple tear—ACL, MCL, patellar tendon. Devastating injury. Please keep him in your prayers.”

Josey ends the season among the best running backs in the country and was having a sensation breakout year. He ends the season with 1,168 rushing yards and 9 rushing touchdowns.

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Henry Josey Out For Rest Of Missouri Tigers 2011 Season With Ruptured Tendon In His Left Knee

Mike DeArmond is confirming an earlier report with the worst news possible for the Missouri Tigers: Henry Josey is indeed out for the season. DeArmond just wrote via Twitter, “Orthodepic surgeon Dr. Pat Smith just told me Henry Josey is ‘Done. Done for the year.’ Ruptured tendon in left knee. Will still have an MRI.”

Josey was just announced as a semi-finalist for the Doak Walker Award, an annual prize given to the nation’s top running back in college football every February. Instead of being among the ones considered, Josey will be forced to rehab and hope he can return to form next season. At the point where his season ended, he was leading the Big 12 in rushing on the year with 1,168 yards on 145 carries.

Kendial Lawrence now takes over the starting tailback position for Mizzou and he performed well enough today against a stout Longhorns defense that they can still feel good about getting productivity from the spot with 106 yards on 18 carries and one touchdown.

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Texas Vs. Missouri Recap: James Franklin Leads Tigers To Much Needed Victory For Bowl Season

As of yesterday, the Big 12 had four teams already eligible for a bowl game and another four on the edge. That only leaves two teams on the outside and one of those was the Missouri Tigers. Funny how 24 hours can change one’s perspective.

With today’s 17-5 win over the Texas Longhorns, the Missouri Tigers reached their fifth win of the season (to stand at 5-5 overall) with games against Texas Tech and Kansas coming up next. That’s a real good chance of 7-5 for Gary Pinkel’s squad and that means a firm bowl placement for a team ranked in the preseason top 25 in most polls.

James Franklin rose to the occasion when it was clear that the talents of Henry Josey would not be enough. Then when Josey went down with an injury in the third quarter, Franklin didn’t have any other offensive options but to become the leader. Fortunately, he performed like the team needed all day.

Franklin finished with an efficient 18 of 26 for 186 yards with zero touchdowns and interceptions. He also ran 11 times for 33 yards and a touchdown. Kendial Lawrence bolstered the running game with 106 yards on 18 carries.

The Tigers defense also deserves major credit for holding the Longhorns to five points. Kenji Jackson had an interception of David Ash and even when Texas switched QBs to Case McCoy, it still didn’t matter. The Longhorns were also held to 76 yards on 29 carries for a 2.6 yards/carry average.

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Henry Josey Injury Update: RB Reportedly Out For Season For Missouri Tigers

The early report coming back on Henry Josey’s knee injury is that it’s as serious as it looked into today’s game between the Missouri Tigers and the Texas Longhorns. Eric Blumberg is reporting that Josey’s season is finished via Twitter and, if that’s the case, there goes the Big 12’s leading rusher and Missouri’s best offensive player this season.

During the game, the Longhorns defense had stifled Josey for only 19 yards on 11 carries. If that’s his final total on the season, that gives Josey 145 carries for 1,168 yards and 9 touchdowns this season.

Everyone was instantly concerned with the injury when it happened in the third quarter and even Texas head coach Mack Brown came across the field to check on the running back. After being carted off, it’s clear it was serious. There’s no official word yet, so Blumberg’s report is likely just a hunch.

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Henry Josey Injury Update: Missouri Tailback Goes Down With Serious Knee Injury

Missouri sophomore tailback Henry Josey has left the game versus the Texas Longhorns after suffering a serious knee injury. Josey went down midway through the third quarter, as he planted along the left sideline and his knee buckled. Josey immediately began writhing in pain and grabbed at his knee. Josey's been taken off on a cart and his status is unknown at this point.

Josey had struggled thus far in today's contest versus the Longhorns, running for just 19 yards on 11 carries.

If Josey is unable to return, junior tailback Kendial Lawrence will step into his place for the Missouri Tigers. Lawrence has already scored on a 27-yard touchdown for Gary Pinkel's offense, and thus far has 81 yards rushing on just 9 carries. The Tigers as a team has 109 rushing yards total.

For more on the Missouri Tigers go check out Rock M Nation and for more Texas Longhorns coverage head over to Burnt Orange Nation.

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Missouri Vs. Texas Score Update: Longhorns Lead Tigers 3-0, Fozzy Whitaker Suffers Serious Leg Injury

The old and wise folks in our families have a tendency to say that "things happen in the series of three." For the Texas Longhorns, their tailback situation has now seen three of their ball carriers suffer from injury recently.

Longhorns tailbacks Malcolm Brown (turf toe) and Joe Bergeron (hamstring) have already been dealing with injuries and in their contest versus the Missouri Tigers, were only going to be considered for emergency duty if necessary. However, when Fozzy Whittaker went down with a serious leg injury in the first quarter, the situation changed. 

Whittaker was unable to put weight on the leg after trainers helped him up to take him off the field.

The Longhorns scored on a 12-play, 78-yard drive early in the first quarter. The drive culminated into a 27-yard field goal by Justin Tucker.

So far, Missouri QB James Franklin is 6-6 passing for 49 yards.

For more on the Missouri Tigers go check out Rock M Nation and for more Texas Longhorns coverage head over to Burnt Orange Nation.

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Fozzy Whittaker Reportedly Injured For Texas Longhorns Against Missouri Tigers

Injury problems are nothing new for Texas Longhorns running back Fozzy Whittaker. Yet to lose him again would be a blow to a position for the Longhorns that has already seen its share of loss. The starting RB for today’s game against the Missouri Tigers has reportedly went down already in the first quarter of today’s game.

Mike DeArmond writes via Twitter,
“Fozzy Whitaker is down on the field for Texas after falling on run and it looks like a knee. Helped off field. Another RB injury for Texas.” Eric Blumberg also notes, “Texas RB Fozzy Whittaker is an NCAA track star. Injured his knee on the Longhorns first possession. Didn’t look good.”

On the season, Whittaker has 62 carries for 371 yards and 6 touchdowns.

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Missouri Vs. Texas: Henry Josey Needs Big Day for Tigers To Beat Longhorns

The Missouri Tigers have already learned that Henry Josey can be a major force on the field. After all, in some ways, he’s been the most impressive runner in the nation this year. However to leave the Big 12 with a bright SEC-sized smile on their faces, the Tigers will need every ounce of Josey’s skills to beat the Texas Longhorns today and stay eligible for a bowl in what has been a very disappointing season for Mizzou.

As for Josey, 2011 has been an incredible season personally. Josey is not only the Big 12’s leading rusher with 134 carries for 1,149 yards and 9 touchdowns, but he’s also amazing at breaking open the big play. As ESPN notes, “His 43 rushes for 10+ yards are 9 more than any other FBS player.”

The bad news is that Texas has the best run defense in the Big 12, the only team allowing less than 100 rushing yards/game in the conference. It’s going to be a tall order for Josey and company today but if the Tigers are going to walk away with a win today, it will likely be because Josey found a way to break through Texas’ strong defense and make an impact on the field.

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Texas Vs. Missouri Game Time, TV Schedule And More

Gary Pinkel could be facing the Texas Longhorns for the last time with Missouri's move to the SEC in 2012 and will be trying to pick up his first victory over a Mack Brown led Texas team.

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Missouri Tigers Vs. Texas Longhorns: The Farewell Game

Missouri will face the school that was at the root of all its Big 12 problems in a match-up of some of the nation's best running attacks. How will the defenses respond?

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