Laurence Bowers Injury: Updates on Missouri Star's Leg

Mike HoagCorrespondent IIJanuary 9, 2013

COLUMBIA, MO - JANUARY 08:  Laurence Bowers #21 of the Missouri Tigers and Trevor Releford #12 of the Alabama Crimson Tide scramble for a loose ball during the game at Mizzou Arena on January 8, 2013 in Columbia, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Senior forward Laurence Bowers suffered a possible MCL sprain during Missouri’s Tuesday night 84-68 victory over Alabama.

UPDATE: Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 12:37 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

Though he escaped major injury, Bowers has a sprained MCL and will miss Missouri's next two games, according to the Kansas City Star's Blair Kerkhoff:

Mizzou announces Laurence Bowers suffered sprained MCL in right knee and will miss next two games

— Blair Kerkhoff (@BlairKerkhoff) January 9, 2013

The senior star will undoubtedly be missed, but Missouri's next two games (at Mississippi and vs. Georgia) are winnable. If Bowers healed up for Jan. 19's showdown against No. 11 Florida, then the Tigers will breathe a sigh of relief.

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CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman had the inside scoop from inside the Tigers locker room. Missouri head coach Frank Haith labeled the injury as a potential MCL sprain, according to Goodman.

"It could be a couple weeks," Haith said. "It just depends how severe the sprain is. We'll know tomorrow how long he'll be out."

ESPN’s Andy Katz reported on Twitter that Bowers would undergo an MRI on Wednesday to diagnose the severity of the injury:

From Mizzou: Laurence Bowers will have MRI tomorrow but early prediction is a sprained MCL.

— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) January 9, 2013

Bowers scored 16 points, pulled down five rebounds and had two blocks for the 10th-ranked Tigers prior to exiting with a right knee injury with about six minutes left to play in the game.

Teammate Phil Pressey landed on his leg underneath their basket, causing the injury. Pressey rolled his ankle on the collision but returned to the game quickly after the fact.

The injury is unrelated to the ACL tear Bowers suffered in his right knee. That injury sidelined him for all of last season.

Still, this could be a potentially devastating setback for Bowers. He is already having a great comeback season, averaging a team-high 16.8 points and seven rebounds in 28.2 minutes per game.

Oddly enough, the Tigers were out-rebounded for the second straight game but still managed to come away with the win. They are currently leading the nation in that department with 46.7 boards per game.

Those numbers could dip a bit with Bowers expected to miss some significant action.