Data Scout Notes: 2013: NAC/NAM...(+) Coming off 10-12-13 Shoulder INJ/Coming off 10-06-12 Knee/shoulder INJs...POBrien/PUnitas...2012: NA...PWCamp/POBrien/PMaxwell...2011: NA
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05/13/14 - Lions sign 11 undrafted rookie free agents: James Franklin, QB, 6-2, 230, Missouri: Franklin was a dual-threat quarterback at Missouri, throwing for 6,962 yards and rushing for 1,729 over his career. - Tim Twentyman, DetroitLions.com
11/21/13 - Missouri has its senior captain back at quarterback. Coach Gary Pinkel said Monday that James Franklin is "100 percent cleared" and will lead the eighth-ranked Tigers at Ole Miss this weekend after missing four starts with a sprained throwing shoulder. The quarterback had been enjoying a career season through five games and positioned his team for a win at Georgia on Oct. 12 before getting slammed to the ground by two defenders. "At first, you could tell that it hurt James a lot," center Evan Boehm said. "And the only thing you can do is go up and be like, `Hey, man, we're with you. We feel your pain. You're going to bounce back and you're going to be a great quarterback."
Franklin wasn't so sure he would be back after missing four starts with a myriad of injuries last season to his head, shoulder and legs. But a talk with his father, Willie, the day after the setback helped him realize there are many things in life to be more upset or sad about. "Even if they told me I would've been done for sure," Franklin said, "I would've worked as hard as I could to come back." The 6-foot-2, 230-pound native of Corinth, Texas, watched Missouri (9-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) compile a 3-1 record with redshirt freshman Maty Mauk, who had thrown three career passes before relieving Franklin against the Bulldogs. - AP Sports
11/11/13 - Good news for Mizzou. James Franklin got back in a game for the first time in a month, although it was only in garbage time -- only five snaps and he didn't attempt a pass. "Our medical staff felt that [Franklin] could play on an emergency basis only," Missouri coach Gary Pinkel told reporters after the game. "We would be very limited in what we could call. ... Our whole thing was we did not want him to get touched."
Just to circle back on a report I had last month after Franklin went down in the Georgia game -- I tweeted that according to a source, Franklin "is expected to be out for at least the next six weeks, probably longer with a Grade 2 shoulder separation." Obviously, Franklin got back into a game sooner than the source had expected. By the way, CBS never reported that Franklin was out for the season, as a few folks on Twitter seem to think. Also with the Tigers off next week, it will be six weeks before Franklin attempts a pass in a game. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
10/15/13 - Straight off the Don James Coaching Tree: Nick Saban's team is 6-0. Same as Gary Pinkel's. Pinkel's team went into Athens and knocked off the No. 7 Bulldogs to give the Tigers their first road win over a Top 10 opponent in 32 years. I know Georgia is really banged up. The Tigers can relate. They were rocked by injury last season, and as I reported Saturday, sustained another big blow when standout QB James Franklin left the game with a Grade 2 shoulder separation, as a source told CBSSports.com, adding that the dual-threat quarterback is expected to miss at least six weeks. On Sunday morning, Gary Pinkel confirmed that it was in fact a Grade 2 shoulder separation but said it was too soon for anyone to pronounce just how long Franklin will be out. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
10/14/13 - Pinkel: James Franklin to miss 3-to-5 weeks with shoulder injury...Missouri received some highly welcome news from coach Gary Pinkel Monday, as he said quarterback James Franklin would not miss as much time as initially feared with his shoulder separation. Franklin fell on his right shoulder late in the Tigers' 41-26 upset of Georgia and suffered a separation, one Pinkel said afterward would keep him out "a while" and which CBSSports.com reported was expected to cost the senior a minimum of six weeks. But after testing, Pinkel said Monday that Franklin would only miss three-to-five weeks. Per the Columbia Daily-Tribune, Pinkel added that his quarterback's mood had improved dramatically after an emotional Saturday.
Pinkel confirmed that redshirt freshman Maty Mauk would get the start in this week's home game against Florida, with Corbin Berkstresser his backup. Assuming Franklin misses the minimum three weeks, he would not play in the Tigers' upcoming game against the Gators, their Oct. 26 home date with South Carolina, or the Nov. 2 home game against Tennessee. He would be questionable for the No. 9 away game at Kentucky.
With Mauk largely untested -- though he led the final two scoring drives of the Georgia game, he has attempted only 6 passes all season -- Franklin missing those critical games against the Gators and Gamecocks means his injury still looms as a potentially devastating blow to the Tigers' SEC East chances. But at least it's not a potential season-ender. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com