Tigers rally around Josey after his season-ending injury

Missouri’s Henry Josey fights for yardage in Saturday’s game against Texas in Columbia. Josey later left the game with a knee injury that will sideline him for the remainder of the season.

Missouri’s Henry Josey fights for yardage in Saturday’s game against Texas in Columbia. Josey later left the game with a knee injury that will sideline him for the remainder of the season. Photo by The Associated Press.

COLUMBIA — When Missouri running back Henry Josey’s season ended with a severe knee injury in Saturday’s win against Texas, some people’s initial thoughts might have been how the Tigers will replace the conference’s top rusher.

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But that was the last thing on the minds of Missouri’s players and coaches.

The Tigers have rallied around their fallen running back.

“I (stopped by) and wanted to let him know that I care about him, and hopefully he feels better,” Missouri quarterback James Franklin said.

Josey’s knee injury was more severe than a lot of football-related knee injuries. He suffered tears in his ACL, MCL and patellar tendon and had surgery Sunday. His exact return is unclear, but with multiple ligaments torn, it is expected to be a long road to recovery.

Where Josey came from made the injury all the more painful for fans and teammates to see. The sophomore started the year third on the depth chart behind Kendial Lawrence and De’Vion Moore. But early season injuries to Lawrence and Moore gave Josey a window to shine, and he took full advantage.

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