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Mizzou Football: DE Aldon Smith Out 'At Least Two Weeks' With Fractured Fibula

Mizzou DE Aldon Smith has an injury that sounds a lot worse than it really may be.

Gary Pinkel told reporters including the KC Star's Mike DeArmond, that Smith will be out this week with a fractured fibula. DeArmond says it looks like it'll be a two-week injury, at the minimum. I don't know about you all but when I first saw that, I figured that could be a much bigger deal than it is. I guess I should brush up on my medical knowledge.

"According to our medical staff, and I’ve had players play with this a lot," Pinkel said, "its something that you can play with. So we’re going to go through the rehabilitation process right now."

We don't have any other details on the nature of the injury but here's what a medical site says on a fracuted fibula.

Fibula fracture that happens without the breaking of tibia can be treated at home after some guidance of a medical expert. Almost all cases of fibular fracture can be treated at home and there is no need of hospitalization. The doctor will guide the patient to rest the injured part and apply cold pack therapy to the injured area. Simple nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin and others) that we normally take in minor fractures can be taken on the recommendation of the doctor.

SB Nation's Rock M Nation makes a good point on the injury: "Well, if it's going to happen. now's as good a time as any."

Generally, it's a four-to-six week injury so we'll see how Smith can recover. He'll miss the next game against Miami (Oh.) as well as the opening of conference play against Colorado the next week. A three week injury would cause him to miss Texas A&M and a four-week injury would cause him to miss Oklahoma.

Check out Rock M Nation to see what Mizzou fans are saying about the injury.