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The injury bug hits Mizzou’s wide receivers

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Injury time is heeeeeeere; anxiety and feeeeeeeeeear

We’re only weeks away from actual, real, gameday football, folks! So that means it’s time for one of everyone’s favorite parts of the season: INJURY REPORTS!

Yesterday’s update was particularly painstaking, as Eli Drinkwitz reported the loss of both Ja’Mori Maclin and Mookie Coopier (yeah, that one was tough to read) for at least the next few weeks.

“Both those guys have a really good grasp of the offense. So we anticipate, being positive, we’re hoping that game week they’ll be ready to roll. Don’t know that, but that’s kind of our mindset.”

Maclin’s injury is listed as a broken forearm and would keep him out 3 to 4 weeks, while Cooper’s injury is in his lower leg and is listed as “indefinite,” meaning he could be back in 10-14 days... or much longer. Heck yeah, I love to interpret vague coach speak!

With the potential loss of Maclin and Cooper, Mizzou is going to need someone to step up at receiver (though Drinkwitz has already said Barrett Bannister and JJ Hester will get the previously allotted snaps), even if it’s not from the slot.

Could Tauskie Dove be the one to answer the call?

One thing that should help them through no matter who is on the field is the presence of team captains, which were just voted on yesterday. Case Cook was chosen for the second straight year, along with returning starters Connor Bazelak and Martez Manuel.

“It means a lot, especially this being the second time,” Cook said after Monday’s practice. “Like I’ve said before, and these guys probably know I wouldn’t be anything without these guys, so for them to select me to be their leader and our captain it’s like the greatest honor in my mind that you can receive as a member of a team, especially a football team.”

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