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James Franklin injury: Missouri QB says pain is 'killing his confidence'

The Tigers dual-threat quarterback says shoulder pain is affecting his play.

Jeff Blake-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Missouri quarterback James Franklin is playing through a shoulder injury. The inflamed bursa sac is affecting Franklin's play, as he admitted to reporters this week:

"Typically in the game if, in the past, my shoulder's hurt and I throw in the game, I don't feel it. But this is a little different because I feel it. And I think that's really been killing my confidence because I've been not trusting myself with being able to make throws or put something on it."

Franklin has not used painkillers to ease the injury's pain. He is expected to start for the Tigers when they visit Central Florida in a nonconference game at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday.

Missouri lost to South Carolina last Saturday 31-10, and Franklin was not up to par in his first game since the season opener against Southeastern Louisiana. He went 11 of 18 through the air for 92 yards, and rushed 15 times for a mere six yards.