Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Harold Brantley is out for the season following injuries sustained in a serious car accident.
Head football coach Gary Pinkel told David Morrison of the Columbia Daily Tribune that Brantley was “lucky to be alive,” but could definitely make a full recovery and get back to 100 percent health.
Gary Pinkel says Harold Brantley will not play this year, but says he can be 100 percent again: "he's very lucky to be alive."
— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) July 15, 2015
Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star went into further detail about the injuries Brantley sustained in the accident.
Mizzou announces Harold Brantley update: fractured lower left leg, knee ligament damage, multiple rib fractures. No FB return date.
— Blair Kerkhoff (@BlairKerkhoff) June 22, 2015
Brantley had surgery on his leg immediately following the accident and will have knee surgery in the near future.
According to Tod Palmer of the Kansas City Star, Brantley and Mizzou women’s basketball player Maddie Stock were injured when Brantley’s car overturned in an accident on U.S. 63, per Missouri State Highway Patrol. His car had slid off the left side of the road and he tried too hard to correct the situation, resulting in the car sliding off the right side, striking a guardrail and overturning.
Both Brantley and Stock were wearing seat belts. Stock only suffered minor injuries and was listed in good condition by University Hospital.
It’s a tough blow for Missouri’s defensive line, as Brantley has great size at 6-foot-3, 280 pounds and has the strength and versatility to play anywhere along the line.
Last season, he had 54 tackles (seven for a loss) to go with five sacks.
Missouri opens the 2015 season at home against the OVC’s Southeast Missouri State Redhawks on September 5.
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