Missouri quarterback didn’t want a pain shot

COLUMBIA, Mo. — There was never a decision for Missouri quarterback James Franklin to make.

He doesn’t take pain shots, and that’s that. He didn’t last year. He wasn’t going to take one this year.

In fact, he doesn’t like taking medicine, even aspirin.

Franklin discussed at length Monday his decision not to take an injection for his injured shoulder prior to Saturday’s game against Arizona State.

He did not play in the game, raising some questions about his toughness and his decision not to play. Many of these questions remained a mystery until Monday.

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