COLUMBIA — Through four-plus weeks, Kearney product Cale Garrett was well on his way to another strong season for the Missouri Tigers.

However, Garrett’s senior campaign was likely cut short after he obtained an injury during the Tigers’ 42-10 victory over Troy on Sept. 5.

Garrett suffered a pectoral tendon injury during the first quarter, which will keep him out indefinitely and possibly the rest of the season, Missouri’s athletic department announced Sunday, Oct. 6.

Garrett underwent surgery on Tuesday, Oct. 8, Missouri coach Barry Odom announced at a press conference.

When asked if Missouri would request the NCAA for a medical redshirt for the senior, Odom said that discussions with Garrett and his family are upcoming.

“You hate it,” Odom said at the press conference, “but you also pay honor to the work he’s done representing our university. He’s built our program.”

Playing through the injury, Garrett registered two interceptions, one going for a 33-yard return for a touchdown. It was the linebacker’s third touchdown in as many weeks.

He didn’t return from the locker room after halftime.

For his efforts, Garrett was announced as the SEC defensive player of the week on Monday, Oct. 7. It was his second straight week with the honor.

The senior linebacker is currently the Southeastern Conference leading tackler with 39 wrap-ups and three touchdowns.

Garrett, a co-captain for Missouri, was a preseason all-SEC honoree after he claimed second team all-league honors last year.

“Any way you look at it, it’s devastating; it’s awful,” Odom said. “But I also know in listening to the defensive staff and watching the players, they’re going to go out and try to play even better for Cale. We understand that he was as productive as anybody in the country.”

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