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Two Mizzou defensive starters will miss home opener

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's defense will be without injured starters Luke Lambert and Jasper Simmons for this weekend's home game against McNeese State.

Coach Gary Pinkel says Lambert is week-to-week after hurting a hamstring in Saturday's 23-13 win over Illinois. Redshirt freshman Andrew Wilson will start in Lambert's place at middle linebacker.

Simmons injured a knee intercepting a pass from Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase early in the second quarter Saturday. The senior free safety played the full game, but Pinkel said Simmons was scheduled for meniscus surgery Tuesday and could miss one to two weeks.

Jerrell Harrison will start in Simmons' place against McNeese State. Harrison had eight starts last year, recording 47 tackles and an interception.

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