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James Franklin injury: Missouri QB out with sprained knee

The Missouri Tigers are in search for their first conference win and fourth victory on the season, but the team will need to do it without starting quarterback James Franklin, who suffered a left knee injury during Saturday's game against the Vanderbilt Commodores in the first quarter.

The 6-foot-2 Franklin will not be able to return to the game, according to Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star. Before suffering the injury, the junior quarterback completed five of his nine passes for 56 yards through the air, but was also able to pick up 23 yards on the ground

In replace of Franklin, the Tigers turned to freshman quarterback Corbin Berkstresser. Since replacing Franklin, Berkstresser has completed just four of his thirteen pass attempts for 29 yards.

The loss of Franklin will greatly hurt the Tigers in the short-term, as the team continues to battle for their first conference win, but also in the long term considering the team's other option is a freshman quarterback.

This story was originally published on SB Nation.com.