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Franklin clarifies position on pain killers

2012-09-17T18:15:00Z 2012-09-21T08:36:02Z Franklin clarifies position on pain killersBY STU DURANDO stltoday.com
September 17, 2012 6:15 pm  • 

COLUMBIA, MO. -- Mizzou quarterback James Franklin said he has made the decision not to take pain-killing medication and that is why he declined a cortisone shot that might have allowed him to play against Arizona State.

Talking Monday, with the hope of playing Saturday at South Carolina, Franklin said he wants to be able to monitor the pain he is feeling when he is injured.

"It's more like a personal choice, nothing spiritual or anything like that," he said. "It's just something we've never really done before, and I've never been a fan of it and I just never had the best feeling about it.

"If I'm going to feel the pain and if I'm going to be hurt, I want to feel every second of it to make sure how far I can go and how far I can't."

Franklin suffered a shoulder injury against Georgia and was only able to practice one day last week before telling coaches the pain was too great to face the Sun Devils.

Offensive coordinator David Yost said Franklin rated the pain a 9 on a scale of one to 10, and the decision was made about 10 minutes before kickoff to go with backup Corbin Berkstresser.

Said Yost: "I tried to let him know Thursday night when we talked, 'That's your call on the shot. I don't expect that you're going to take it. I think you'll play if you're able. If not, I think you'll do the right thing for your team and not put them in a bad position where you're out there trying to do things you can't do for us.' "

Franklin's father said after the game that the family has a philosophy not to take pain medication. However, Franklin suggested that he did so briefly after undergoing surgery on his shoulder in the spring.

However, he stopped after a couple of days and didn't do so again.

"Two days after (surgery) my mom said I was calling them white Tic Tacs," he said. "I don't remember what it was called but the stuff I was taking, they said it was going to hurt if I stopped. I stopped taking them and I was like, oh man, it's going to hurt really bad, but actually it didn't hurt at all and I was thankful for that. They must have really drugged me up during the surgery."

Franklin was not on the team's injury list Monday.

Meanwhile, the Mizzou coaching staff made some changes to the depth chart. On the offensive line, Jack Meiners is expected to start at right tackle Saturday with Mitch Morse moving back to center. Kony Ealy again supplanted Brad Madison as a starter at defensive end in what could be a season-long battle. And linebacker Zaviar Gooden will return to the lineup after missing the Arizona State game.

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