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Missouri QB Gabbert to start at Texas A&M

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Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert is run out of bounds as he scrambles during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010, in Columbia. Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson) By L.G. Patterson Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert is run out of bounds as he scrambles during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010, in Columbia. Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson) By L.G. Patterson

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Quarterback Blaine Gabbert will start for No. 21 Missouri when the Tigers travel to Texas A&M on Saturday.  

Gabbert suffered what is being called a high right hip pointer early in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 26-0 victory over Colorado. He was removed from the game after the injury but remained on the sideline with a taped midsection.  

"There was a certain point in time where I couldn't really move," Gabbert said Monday. "It was definitely a tough decision, but it was the right one for me not to finish the game."  

Coach Gary Pinkel said Gabbert will return to the practice field on Tuesday and take part in all team activities. The main concern is the amount of torque Gabbert is able to generate through his hips when going through his throwing motion.  

Pinkel was unsure whether Gabbert's throws in practice would be limited this week.  

"It's about pain tolerance," Pinkel said. "He has to be honest with us on how he feels. We can tell if he's a bit off with his throws, so we'll keep our eye on that."  

There seems to be no doubt in the junior quarterback's mind about his ability to fully participate in preparations for Missouri's first game outside its home state this season.  

"It's just a nagging deal, I'm good to go," he said, then jokingly suggested the injury had actually made him better: "If I had to put a percentage on how I feel right now, I would say I'm at 109 percent."  

Gabbert has not missed a game since taking over as the starter at the beginning of last season. He was hampered by a high right ankle sprain suffered against Nebraska on Oct. 8 of last year but did not miss a start. He finished his sophomore season with 3,593 yards passing and 24 touchdown passes.  

"I never want to come out of any game," Gabbert said. "I pride myself on being there for my team no matter what because I know they all have my back and I have theirs."  

So far this season Gabbert has thrown for 1,230 yards and seven touchdowns with three interceptions. He ranks second in the Big 12 in completion percentage, connecting on 66 percent of his throws.  

The Tigers (5-0, 1-0 Big 12) will be looking to keep pace with No. 5 Nebraska in the Big 12 North when they face the Aggies (3-2, 0-1).

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