The hits just keep on coming for the Michigan State football program, as head coach Mark Dantonio said Tuesday morning that redshirt junior linebacker Jon Reschke is expected to be out for a “significant period of time” due to an ankle injury.
Reschke suffered the injury while rushing the quarterback early in the third quarter during the loss to Wisconsin on Saturday. He also missed the Furman game due to an injury and played against Notre Dame with significant tape on his left hand. The redshirt junior has 13 tackles, an interception and forced fumble this season.
Dantonio also said Tuesday that fellow linebacker Riley Bullough, who didn’t play last week, is day-to-day. If he were to miss a second straight week, though, Michigan State would be without two of its starting linebackers.
“We’ve been deep at linebacker,” Dantonio said. “They’ve got to pick up the slack.”
Redshirt junior Shane Jones took the place of Bullough, and redshirt sophomore Andrew Dowell will start for Reschke. Michigan State takes on Indiana this weekend, who is normally one of the easier opponents in the Big 10, but with inexperience at linebacker, the Hoosiers high-tempo offense could cause communication problems for the Spartans.
Michigan State is also dealing with adversity off the field. Former defensive back Mylan Hicks died in a Canada club shooting over the weekend. The 23-year-old played safety and linebacker for the Spartans from 2010-14 and was playing for the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League.
“This is just tragic,” MSU coach Mark Dantonio said Sunday night according to the Lansing State Journal. “It’s sort of rocked our Spartan football community.”