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MU's Safford has torn ACL

Missouri starting forward Justin Safford has a torn ACL in his left knee and will definitely miss the Tigers' Saturday night game at No. 6 Kansas State. However, the injury is not necessarily one of a season-ending nature.

"We'll reevaluate it in the next week and then we'll make a determination of what's going to take place," Missouri coach Mike Anderson said during a Thursday morning interview on WHB radio. "We know eventually he's going to have to have surgery."

Safford suffered the injury with 13 minutes, 12 seconds to play in the first half of Missouri's 92-63 victory over Colorado on Wednesday night at Mizzou Arena. Safford had just made a layup for his seventh and eighth points of the game, then fell to the floor, clutching his left knee.

For the short term, his absence means extended minutes for Laurence Bowers and likely for seldom-used reserve John Underwood, as well as for another starting forward, Keith Ramsey. And while Anderson reiterated that the injury would be reevaluated next week, it is possible Safford has played his final game of his junior season.

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