August 15, 2011

Big injury hits Tiger O-Line

Missouri held a two-hour-plus practice on Monday morning, the first open workout since pre-season camp's first scrimmage. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the biggest news from the day was the first major injury of fall camp:

*During one-on-one pass rush drills, senior left tackle Elvis Fisher was blocking Michael Sam. Fisher hit the ground and immediately grabbed his left knee. He was on the field for a couple of minutes before being helped to the locker room by trainers.

No definitive word was available on Fisher's injury after practice, but Gary Pinkel did not sound optimistic.

"He's got a very serious knee injury," Pinkel said. "I think it's very serious. We'll know more about it as soon as we'll probably get an MRI as we're talking right now, but it's very significant."

In Fisher's absence, Justin Britt was working at left tackle. Because starting center Travis Ruth is currently out with a "sore Achilles," the Tigers had Jayson Palmgren at center and Jack Meiners left guard.

"It's always time for me to step in," Britt said. "This would be a great time. The team needs me and I feel like I should do this for Elvis because he's worked so hard coming back from surgeries and stuff. This is heartbreaking for the whole offensive line and the whole team really. So it's not just time for me to step up, it's time for the other younger guys to step up too and take a role."

Britt worked at center most of the spring and had started fall camp as the second-string left guard. Left tackle is now his third position in five months. But he did play tackle at Lebanon High School.

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