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Missouri’s Markus Golden sidelined in loss to Indiana

Missouri had to play Saturday without senior defensive end Markus Golden, who was out because of a hamstring injury.
Missouri had to play Saturday without senior defensive end Markus Golden, who was out because of a hamstring injury. The Kansas City Star

Missouri senior defensive end Markus Golden was a surprise scratch Saturday against Indiana.

Golden, a preseason second-team All-SEC player, suffered a hamstring injury during practice this week and didn’t suit up in a 31-27 loss against the Hoosiers. He is officially listed as day-to-day.

“He tweaked his hamstring in Wednesday’s practice,” Tigers coach Gary Pinkel said. “We thought he might be able to go, but he woke up this morning and just didn’t feel like he could go. It’s unfortunate he couldn’t have played, but we’re going to get him back. That’s the good news. I think we’ll get him back this week.”

Redshirt freshmen Marcus Loud and Charles Harris split time at left defensive end in Golden’s absence.

Harris, a Lincoln Prep graduate, finished with four tackles, including his first career sack, while Loud had one tackle.

“You’re going to lose players and you have to make up for it,” Pinkel said. “That’s what we have to do, so there’s no excuses.”

Gatti finished for season

Missouri senior left guard Anthony Gatti is out for the season after he suffered a torn ACL during the first quarter of Saturday’s loss to Indiana.

Gatti was blocking behind the line of scrimmage along the right sideline on a 42-yard run by Russell Hansbrough when he went down.

“I’m sad for him, but those things are going to happen,” Pinkel said. “That’s why you get guys ready to play.”

Gatti had surgery on both knees in high school.

Junior Brad McNulty, who is listed as the backup center, replaced Gatti the rest of the way.

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