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Mizzou's Crockett out indefinitely with shoulder injury

Mizzou's Crockett out indefinitely with shoulder injury

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COLUMBIA, MO. • Missouri running back Damarea Crockett will be out indefinitely after suffering a shoulder injury in last week's loss at Georgia, an injury that required surgery this week, a teammate told reporters after Saturday's 68-21 win over Idaho.

In his postgame comments Tigers coach Barry Odom didn't mention Crockett's surgery but said, "He was not ready to go play. Still looks like he’s going to be out for a while."

Later, though, freshman running back Larry Rountree III said Crockett had surgery on Friday. Asked to confirm that Crockett had surgery, a team spokesman did not deny but wouldn't further disclose an update on the running back's status.

Rountree led the Tigers with 97 yards on 12 carries, including a 53-yard run in the first half. Senior Ish Witter started the game and added 41 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries.

"Ish and Rountree did a nice job," Odom said. "They both ran with some explosion and some toughness and did a good job with protection in our blocking schemes and also after contact they ran with great pad level. To lose a guy for however long it’s going to be, the next guy has to step up, and not just at that position but the other 10 guys around him."

Crockett came into the game ranked eighth in the SEC in rushing yards, averaging 80.2 yards per game with two touchdowns. Crockett rushed for 1,062 yards in 11 games last season, a Mizzou record for a freshman running back. 

"That’s a huge blow," wide receiver J'Mon Moore said of Crockett's injury. "He’s a great player. We’ve got to uplift him, make sure he knows he we know he’s hurting. We've got to work harder. You lose a player like that it gets harder for you. All we can do is keep pushing."

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