Almost exactly one month ago, Mizzou football took a hit.
Media members were on the field as a school spokesman announced that RB Derrick Washington had been suspended. Of course that left everyone shocked at the time.
Not long after that during the same practice, CB Munir Prince went down with a neck injury. Ambulances came and coaches and players were nervous as he was taken away.
The diagnosis: transient quadriplegia but x-rays and an MRI revealed there would be no permanent neurological damage.
After a few days in the hospital, he regained feeling in all of his extremities and the Mizzou coaching staff indicated that he would be OK moving forward.
While he's going to be OK, physically, Prince has decided at the recommendation of his doctors to discontinue his football career at Mizzou.
"They (the doctors) think it would be wise for him not to play again," Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said in the Big 12 coaches’ teleconference on Monday morning.
Mizzou didn't miss him much on the field en route to a 4-0 start in non-conference play. That doesn't mean he wasn't missed though.
"There will be no complications for him in any way forever," Pinkel said. "He will live a happy, normal life like anybody else, but just the risk of putting him in again, they didn’t think it would be very wise from a medical standpoint."
The good news: Prince is going to be OK moving forward
The bad news: Mizzou just lost a teammate.