The past 24-plus hours, Missouri fans held their breath waiting to hear the injury update on star quarterback Kelly Bryant.
As it turns out, Bryant wasn’t the star player fans should’ve been worried about.
While it was announced that Bryant suffered a knee sprain in Saturday’s 42-10 win over Troy but is expected to be full-go this week, MU also confirmed defensive captain and star linebacker Cale Garrett has a pectoral tendon injury and will be out indefinitely. He will have surgery on the tendon Tuesday.
#Mizzou injury update:— Ryan Herrera (@Ryan_A_Herrera) October 7, 2019
-QB Kelly Bryant has a knee sprain, not expected to be limited this week
-LB Cale Garrett suffered a pectoral tendon injury, will be out indefinitely
-PR Richaud Floyd has a hamstring injury, doubtful for this week
The school has not established a recovery timeline, but early expectations are that he’ll miss the remainder of the season, a loss that hurts the Tigers almost as much as losing Bryant would have.
Garrett didn’t meet with media after the game Saturday, with MU spokespeople saying he was getting treatment. However, Missouri head coach Barry Odom was less than enthusiastic when discussing Garrett post-game, sounding a bit restrained and calling Garrett, “the heart and soul of our team.”
Garrett didn’t play in the second half with the Tigers taking a 42-7 lead into halftime, and there were no indications that he had any serious injury. Garrett had just played possibly the best game of his career, recording two interceptions (one for a touchdown), five tackles, two tackles for a loss and two quarterback hurries. Through five games, Garrett had been making a case to be in the conversation for All-America honors.
Garrett had defensive scores in three straight games — the first Missouri player to do so — and was already tied with Erik McMillan for the program record for defensive touchdowns. Now, it remains to be seen if he’ll even get another chance to break it.
MU provided updates on return man Richaud Floyd, who also left Saturday’s game with an injury. Floyd has a hamstring injury, and he is doubtful to play Saturday in the Tigers’ Homecoming matchup with Ole Miss.