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Pinkel encouraged by Franklin's recovery

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel had some good news to report Tuesday on quarterback James Franklin, who had his spring practice cut short after undergoing surgery on March 23 to repair a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.

Franklin said all signs point toward Franklin being ready to go by the start of the season.

“He was in my office half an hour ago, and the range of motion in that arm for being five weeks out of surgery is remarkable,” Pinkel said.

Franklin’s work ethic also gives Pinkel hope, not to mention the fact that New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees came back and played four months after suffering a much more severe labrum tear.

“We feel like he’s going to be ready,” Pinkel said. “But the bottom line with any injury is that you have to have your backup (redshirt freshman Corbin Berkstresser) ready to play.”

Franklin, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound junior, passed for 2,865 yards and ran for 981 yards last season. He accounted for 36 touchdowns.