The Mizzou football linebacker, who was having an All-American type season, looks to be out the whole year.
Mizzou football released an injury report Sunday night, and with all eyes on the status of quarterback Kelly Bryant, there was a major shock added next to Bryant.
Linebacker Cale Garrett is having surgery to repair a pectoral tendon. That likely means the senior linebacker will miss the remainder of the season.
Mizzou officially says he is out indefinitely. But with surgery ahead, it seems that it will be a couple months.
This is a big of a blow to the defense. Garrett was one of the best players on one of the best defenses in the country. He more than likely will be named SEC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, the second time he will have won the award. But now he is gone for the year with the muscle injury.
Bryant has a knee sprain and likely will start Saturday’s homecoming game against Ole Miss.
There wasn’t a lot of news that came out after Saturday’s win against Troy that indicated Garrett was injured. He didn’t meet with the media and was getting treatment, but there was no information given that suggested it was major.
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Now, he will have surgery Tuesday, PowerMizzou reports.
Garrett will finish the 2019 campaign with a season’s worth of stats.
The Kearney, Missouri, native had 39 tackles, 30 solo, and four turnovers — three of which were touchdowns.
He grabbed three interceptions and took two back for scores along with a fumble recovery in the end zone. Garrett racked up a sack and was the top guy on a defense that is second in yards per game in the country.
For his career, Garrett has 291 tackles, five sacks and six interceptions.
Mizzou football likely turns to junior Jamal Brooks to replace Garrett. Reserve linebacker Aubrey Miller is already likely done for the year. Mizzou also has sophomore Cameron Wilkins on the depth chart behind Nick Bolton, who will remain the starting weakside linebacker.
Ronnell Perkins has experience at the linebacker spot as well, if Mizzou wants to turn to one of the three safety spots for more help in the middle.
Returner Richaud Floyd, who was seen on the sideline of Saturday’s game in crutches, is listed as doubtful for Saturday against the Rebels with a hamstring injury. Bryant is expected to be a full participant in practice.