While we still don’t know how long the knee injury to Michigan State junior offensive tackle Jack Conklin, we at least know it won’t end his season.
Head coach Mark Dantonio is known not to talk about injuries much, but he did tell reporters Tuesday during his weekly press conference that there are no new season-ending injuries among Spartan players, a good sign for Conklin, who left last weekend’s win over Central Michigan.
Defensive back R.J. Williamson and tight end Josiah Price also left last weekend’s game with injuries, but going off the same Dantonio statement, their injuries are also not season-ending.
Injuries have been a big deal for Michigan State so far this season, with a pair of defensive starters — linebacker Ed Davis and defensive back Vayante Copeland — already out for the year.
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Dantonio: There's been no season-ending injuries other than the two (Vayante Copeland and Ed Davis) we've talked about.
— Spartan Football (@MSU_Football) September 29, 2015
While Conklin’s season isn’t over, he of course still could miss some time. Or maybe he could be back for this weekend’s game against Purdue, though he’s listed as a co-starter on this week’s depth chart. Dantonio’s secrecy in that department means no prognosis for how much time Conklin will miss, if any. Same goes for the others who left the last game with injuries.
But when talking about a player as important to Michigan State’s success as Conklin — a second team All-Big Ten selection a season ago — hearing that he won’t be out for the year is good news.