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Missouri safety Brown ruptures right Achilles tendon

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri safety Cornelius "Pig" Brown
ruptured his right Achilles tendon in the fourth quarter of
Saturday's 42-28 victory over Iowa State, a big blow to the Tigers'
improving defense.

Brown, a senior, was carted off the field late in the game after
coming up lame while pursuing a play. Twice this season he has been
Big 12 player of the week. He had 10 tackles, one for a 5-yard
loss, before the injury.

"It's going to hurt," quarterback Chase Daniel said. "He's a
captain, he's a leader and he's been playing unbelievably well
these last three or four weeks.

"To lose him would be a big blow but that's why we have depth.
We'll adjust."

Brown, who joined the program as a California junior college
product last year, was the conference player of the week for the
second time last week. In a 41-10 victory over Texas Tech, he had
14 tackles, 4 1/2 of them for a loss, an interception and two pass
breakups.

He moved into the starting lineup this year after getting one
start as a junior. Del Howard, a sophomore who switched to safety
from cornerback this season, would likely replace him.