COLUMBIA — Monday was a tough day for the Missouri football team's offense.
The intensity in training camp was elevated during the fourth day — second in shoulder pads — and the defense's film room adjustments to passing coverages were paying off.
But during one of his end zone seam routes in a 7-on-7 drill, tight end Albert Okwuegbunam slipped on the grass as he changed directions and stayed on all fours after the drill finished until he was helped to the medical tent behind the other end zone, favoring his right knee.
Not long after, in an 11-on-11 drill, quarterback Kelly Bryant went down on a keeper or scramble, and linebacker Cale Garrett put his arms under Bryant's shoulders and lifted him to his feet. Bryant made the shorter journey to the tent on his own feet.
Both stayed in the tent until the end of practice, and where in years past would have gone to the trainer's room in the Mizzou Athletic Training Complex to be evaluated, were driven in a cart over the Providence Road bridge to the team's new south end zone facility.
Bryant had a strained hamstring, Okwuegbunam a sprained knee, and both are expected back, Missouri coach Barry Odom said immediately after practice.
The Tigers are off today, with no on-field football activities. But if either are not available Wednesday, redshirt sophomore Taylor Powell, redshirt junior Lindsey Scott Jr. and freshman Connor Bazelak will get increased reps under center, as would Daniel Parker Jr., Messiah Swinson, Logan Christopherson and Brendan Scales at tight end.
Powell and Parker Jr. took first-team reps for the few periods Bryant and Okwuegbunam were in the tent, and Powell did complete a nice deep ball to Jalen Knox down the sideline against one of the starting cornerbacks.
"Those guys will be back," Odom said. "Jordan Elliott got dinged up a little bit. I hate it. That's the worst part of this deal, that injuries are going to happen. Fortunately it looks like they'll be back, be ready to go, but you never know. The next guy up, you've got to be ready for your number to be called, and prepare just like a starter."