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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Richardson back, A&M LB has surgery

By Edward Aschoff

After being suspended for Missouri's crucial game with Syracuse, junior defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson will play this weekend when the Tigers head to College Station to take on Texas A&M.

Richardson was suspended for violating team rules. Sources close to the program told ESPN.com that Richardson was suspended for missing a class multiple times and refusing to complete the punishment given to him for missing the class.

Without Richardson in the lineup, the Tigers fell to Syracuse 31-27, meaning they still need one more win in order to become bowl eligible. Missouri's defense surrendered 508 yards of offense and registered just two tackles for loss and no sacks. The absence of Richardson in the middle of the Tigers defensive line left Mizzou without arguably its best defensive player.

The lack of pressure on quarterback Ryan Nassib allowed him to throw for 385 yards with two touchdowns on Mizzou's defense.

Now, the Tigers will look for their sixth win of the season against the nation's hottest team. Richardson will really have to redeem himself this weekend, as the defense looks to somehow contain Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Gary Pinkel also announced that quarterback James Franklin is questionable for Saturday's game after suffering a concussion against the Orange. If Franklin, who has been banged up all season and has already missed two games, can't go, redshirt freshman Corbin Berkstresser will make his fourth start of the season.

Aggie LB has spinal surgery

Texas A&M linebacker Michael Richardson underwent surgery on his spine and was released from St. Joseph's hospital on Monday. The true freshman played in the third and fourth quarters of the Aggies' 48-27 win against Sam Houston State over the weekend,

Michael Richardson complained about having back pain after the game and X-rays showed that he had suffered a cervical spine injury. His surgery was Sunday.

The 6-2, 230-pounder has played in nine games and has registered nine tackles on the season.