Injured in car wreck, Harold Brantley won’t play for Mizzou in 2015

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The good news for Missouri is that one of its best defensive linemen continues to recover from injuries sustained in a car wreck last month.  The bad news?  He won’t see the field this coming season.

At the SEC media days Wednesday, head coach Gary Pinkel confirmed that Harold Brantley will not be able to play for Mizzou in 2015 because of the injuries he sustained in the accident.  The football equation aside, Pinkel stated that his player is “lucky to be alive.”

Brantley, who wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, sustained a broken tibia, knee ligament damage and multiple fractured ribs in the rollover wreck that happened Father’s Day weekend. Surgery has already been performed on his broken leg, while knee surgery will take place at some point in the next couple of weeks.

He was released from the hospital June 30, nine days after the accident.

Last season, Brantley started 10 of the 14 games in which he played, so this is a rather significant blow to the Tigers’ defense.