Missouri's inexperienced wide receiving corps just lost a good bit of the experience it did have. PowerMizzou.com has learned that junior wideout Jerrell Jackson has a fractured scaphoid in his left wrist.
Team spokesman Chad Moller said that Jackson will not require surgery and will be put in a cast. The hope is that Jackson will be able to return in four weeks. Even at the short end of that timetable, that would likely put the Tigers without their leading returning receiver for the season opener against Illinois. That game is just 24 days away.
Jackson caught 37 passes for 458 yards and two touchdowns last season. No other member of the receiving corps had more than 20 catches. Throughout the first week of camp, Jackson had clearly taken a leadership role on the team. Earlier in the week, he spoke with PowerMizzou.com about taking over the role of the top target.
"Right now, I'm trying to take that leader role," he said. "Off the field, I'm gonna be that leader and try to get everybody right. On the field, if the ball comes my way, I'm gonna make them plays and if it shows that I'm the best receiver then that's what it's gonna be."
Wes Kemp and Rolandis Woodland are the other starting receivers. T.J. Moe is second on the depth chart behind Jackson and will move into the starting role beginning with Thursday's practice. Moe has been one of the standouts in camp thus far.
During Wednesday's practice, Jackson came up grabbing his wrist after battling Jasper Simmons for a ball during receiving drills. However, the injury didn't appear serious as Jackson continued to practice. According to arthroscopy.com, a medical website, scaphoid fractures often go undetected because swelling is minimal and the amount of pain can vary greatly.
If the timetable is accurate, Jackson would return the week of Missouri's home opener against McNeese State.
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