BRANSON MO NEWS: COLUMBIA, MO. • At last week’s news conference, Missouri coach Barry Odom said he expected wide receiver Emanuel Hall to play against South Carolina. We know what happened next: Hall’s groin injury kept him at home. The same for fellow senior wideout Nate Brown.This week, Odom was less hopeful about Hall’s availability for Saturday’s game at No. 1 Alabama.“I still don’t anticipate him being at a speed that he’ll be able to play yet,” Odom said Tuesday. “I’d like to tell you when that will be, but it’s not for a lack of effort from Emanuel or our sports medicine staff. They’ve done absolutely everything they can to get him right and back there.”
Hall has 18 catches for 430 yards and still leads the SEC in yards per game (107.5).Neither Hall or Brown practiced Tuesday or were made available to reporters. While other players met with the media after practice, Hall and Brown went through a workout on the practice fields. Brown’s availability for Saturday sounds more promising. Odom said every player but Hall who was held out at South Carolina should return for the Alabama game, including center Trystan Colon-Castillo, who missed stretches of the game with an ankle injury, and left guard Kevin Pendleton, who started but played sparingly. Pendleton, a third-year starter, is spending most of his free time with the training staff tending to multiple issues, he said.“I’m old. My body just hurts,” he said. “Elbow, knee, shoulder, neck, back, legs. My body’s beat up.”Odom also sounded more hopeful wideout Richaud Floyd could make his first appearance since breaking his foot during preseason camp.“He looked a lot better,” he said. “It’s exciting to have him back and his experience.”Hall’s …
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