Jack Meiners Injury: Missouri OL Leaves Practice With Left Leg Injury

TEMPE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 09: Quarterback James Franklin #1 of the Missouri Tigers warms up before the college football game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium on September 9, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Missouri offensive lineman Jack Meiners left the field during a Thursday practice with a left leg injury.

Mizzou senior right guard Jack Meiners was taken off the field during a Thursday scrimmage with an apparent injury to his left leg. According to Dave Matter of the Columbia Daily Tribune, head coach Gary Pinkel said it was a strained left knee, though later reports from College Football News indicated it could be a high ankle sprain.

Meiners has played in every Mizzou football game in his three years in Columbia, earning seven starts at left guard last season, and was widely considered one of the most important pieces of the Tiger offense for 2012. He becomes the third injured contributor on Mizzou's offensive line, joining guard Travis Ruth (torn tricep) and tackle Taylor Chappell (torn ACL). Those losses make up fourteen of Mizzou's 68 returning offensive line starts and leave the team woefully thin across the front line. Matter reports that junior Max Copeland moved to right guard following Meiners' injury with freshman Evan Boehm taking snaps at left guard.

Mizzou opens its season against Southeastern Louisiana on September 1 and is scheduled to face sixth-rated Georgia the following week in its first game as a member of the SEC.

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