Columbia — Missouri suffered another potential blow on its offensive line Thursday when senior guard Jack Meiners – a surefire starter and perhaps the team’s strongest offensive lineman – had to be carted off the field with what coach Gary Pinkel described as a sprained knee.
By TEREZ A. PAYLOR
The Kansas City Star
“We’re hoping it’s not serious,” Pinkel said. “We’ll get an MRI, see what’s up with that.”
Meiners, who had to be helped off the field, was replaced at first-team right guard by former walk-on Max Copeland, a junior who has been battling for the starting left guard spot with true freshman Evan Boehm. Boehm, a graduate of Lee's Summit West, then took all the snaps with the ones at left guard to finish out the scrimmage, the last of the fall for Missouri before its Sept. 1 season opener against Southeastern Louisiana.
Missouri has already lost one projected starter this camp in guard Travis Ruth, who is out for the season with a triceps injury. Starting left tackle Elvis Fisher missed all of last season with a knee injury, starting right tackle Justin Britt missed the first two weeks of camp with a foot injury and redshirt freshman Taylor Chappell – perhaps the top backup at offensive tackle - was also lost for the season during camp with a knee injury.
Linebacker Will Ebner, tight end Sean Culkin, defensive tackle Matt Hoch, defensive tackle Lucas Vincent, safety Braylon Webb, receiver L'Damian Washington and cornerback Kip Edwards did not participate in the scrimmage.
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