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Saturday, September 22, 2012
James Franklin to start for Missouri

By Edward Aschoff


Missouri quarterback James Franklin is expected to start today at No. 7 South Carolina, a source close to the program told ESPN.com.

Franklin is dealing with an inflamed bursa sac in his right throwing shoulder that kept him out of last week's 24-21 win against Arizona State. Franklin suffered the injury against Georgia on Sept. 8, when Bulldogs linebacker Jarvis Jones hit Franklin's arm as it was going forward on a throw.

Franklin didn't practice much last week, and redshirt freshman Corbin Berkstresser started in his place. Franklin's absence caused a bit of stir after coach Gary Pinkel announced that Franklin opted not to take a cortisone shot before last week's game. Franklin -- and his family -- don't believe in taking painkillers to mask pain, so Franklin refused the shot.

Franklin practiced more this week, but will still have to deal with some pain in his shoulder.