Missouri QB James Franklin opted to sit
as opposed to taking a cortisone injection to play through a shoulder injury this past Saturday against ASU. According to the Columbia Daily Tribune, Franklin said...
“I definitely wanted to play and be out there but at the same time I didn’t want to do anything I wasn’t comfortable with,” Franklin told the newspaper. “But I felt like I was maybe letting them down a little bit because we only get a certain amount of chances a year, 12 or 13. … I didn’t want to put that to waste by not being able to perform. I felt a little more torn about it because I didn’t want to let my teammates down and disappoint the coaches. But in the end I was just trying to make a decision I was most comfortable with.”
His father, Willie Franklin, had this to say on playing with injuries...
“Guys are medicating themselves and running into 300-pound people, and now your body is numb to it, and then after your career is over it comes back at you and you can’t even spend time with your families because your body’s breaking down,” said Willie Franklin. “So one of the things we want to do in our family is look after ourselves, stay healthy. It’s self-preservation. There is life after sports. One day you want to have a family and enjoy your kids so you look after yourself. You take care of yourself. So any decision he makes, I support him 100 percent.”